Laughing out Loud

Her well developed sense of the absurd earned her a reputation for laughing out loud. Roaring with laughter in restaurants, at meetings, in social gatherings. It drew attention to her in ways that were often warm and engaging, but sometimes brought ire and disapproving looks. The people who disapproved of her joy made her laugh.

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “laughing out loud.”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

11 thoughts on “Laughing out Loud”

  1. This is getting monotonous the same problem is happening again Natalie~The first reply just disappears then I keep getting the message that I have already said this. Unless I radically alter the original, the comment is not accepted~
    I will try again with this 🙂

    Easily the greatest thrill of our school-days was a visit to the big tent with the sawdust ring, when the circus came to town. The acrobats, the ringmaster, the flying trapeze and above all the clowns. Their mad irrational behaviour, costumes and big red noses had everyone laughing out loud.

    1. John Yeo, I’m sorry you are having a problem commenting. I wish I could do something magical to make it easier for you, but there’s nothing I can do. Thank you so much for being persistent and making it work in spite of the crazy error messages. P.S. I’m Virginia, but I’m sure Natalie is a lovely person.

      1. My sincere apologies Virginia 🙂 ~I thought if I drew attention to this ongoing problem, someone may be experiencing the same trouble and they would also draw your attention to it~I had some problems earlier trying to respond to Papa said~

      2. About first50
        Writer and teacher who benefits from following the principles of writing practice set forth by Natalie Goldberg.
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        Hi Virginia This is where I mistook you for Natalie~ Is she nice? 🙂

      3. To be mistaken for Natalie Goldberg is quite an honor, John. She is truly wonderful. If you ever get a chance to take one of her writing classes, do it! And read her books – the older ones like Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind set forth her ideas about writing practice. All her books are about writing, really. Here are some photos I took at one of her workshops in Taos. She doesn’t like to have her picture taken, so don’t let her know about these!

  2. Kiley found herself laughing out loud after she had passed the woman jogging on the side of the road. She had on the biggest visor that she had ever seen, giving the woman a sense of incongruity that was ludicrous. Kiley thought it was something akin to the clowns at the circus wearing the big shoes; just plain funny.

  3. Laughing out aloud was forbidden. Especially for women and girls. We were told it attracted the evil spirits. Only simpering giggles were allowed. This was enough fodder for laughter. Some one at the back of the room would try to suppress a hysterical giggle, while the chastising session was on, and the laughter would seep like an infectious gas, from in between fingers of a hastily clamped mouth, and the group would erupt into helpless mirth that refused to die down.

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