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Weak With Laughing

I absolutely love the Irish language.

She’s beautiful, haunting, full of blessings (and curses), and chalk full of crazy-ape rules. Crazy-ape exceptions to the rules are what’s really maddening.

After spending a total of nearly five years learning this language I can say that she has found her way into my heart, and become a part of me in a way I can’t fathom any other language doing.

I love the that there’s no direct way to say anything. There’s no yes or no.

(Hubs will attest to the fact that this language and I fit like a hand and glove.)

An example of this phenomenon is the way you say unique. There is no word for unique. You must say what translates to, “There’s not the likes of it to be found anywhere.”



Photo By Lucy Boynton (creative commons)

One of my absolute favorites is a way they say “laughing really hard” in Irish.

Laghta ag gΓ‘ire.

Pronounced LAHG-kee EGG GAH-dee, it means

Weak with laughing.

I love the poetic, vivid imagery in that.

Our son’s name means laughter. Among the many reasons we chose the name we did was because it is our prayer that he would be a person of joy, full of laughter.

Boy is he turning out to live up to that interpretation!

He takes immense pleasure and enjoyment from so many seemingly simple or mundane objects, tasks and sounds. I’m sure the fact that he’s a nineteen month old boy has nothing to do with it, either. Ha.

Just yesterday he spent nearly an hour on my lap weak with laughing because he would touch my head with a plastic ball and I would cross my eyes.


The day before, I rolled a plastic ball round and round and round and round a plastic disc. I wish I could have gotten a picture of my little munchkin as he arched his back, threw his head back and cackled and then collapsed forward, hands on his knees, face as red as a tomato, drool forming at his mouth, struggling to catch his breath he was laughing so hard.

Weak with laughing.

I worry about a lot of things.

Our kids go to a school where very little of our beliefs are shared by others. We are half a world away from family and friends.

This mom’s heart is constantly and consistently mulling and fretting and pleading and wringing proverbial hands making sure we are teaching our kids the most important things. And mourning the fact that we so very often screw it up beyond recognition.

We talk about the serious things. Making right choices. Being honest. Being kind.

Serious comes easy to me. Deep thinking, right and wrong, black and white. That’s my niche.

Laughter? Not so much. Let alone being weak with laughing.

His Still Small Voice spoke to my heart during that crazy hour full of laughter, tears of laughter, sore bellies from laughter.

I am Free. I am Loved. I am Rescued.

What joy!

I want to get out of my own way more often and take time to enjoy the world, the things, the people around me so much that it makes me weak with laughing.

I’m linking up with Your Thriving Family, Beholding Glory, The Better Mom, Time Warp Wife, Growing Home, Women Living Well, Write It, Girl

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15 Responses to “Weak With Laughing”

  1. nmetzler says: πŸ™‚

  2. Judy says:

    I think it’s time for you and the hubs to set up “deer in the headlights” photos. I remember being quite weak from laughter after that night of hilarity in our dorm room. Maybe it was easier to entertain/amuse ourselves at 19. πŸ™‚

  3. Nicole says:

    This is a beautiful post, thank you for sharing your heart! Sounds like a fun day with your son πŸ™‚ I love how we can learn a lot just watching a joy filled child, and then realizing the our God wants us to be HIS joy filled children too! And that He has given us a reason beyond any other to be joyful. Praise God! Blessings to you πŸ™‚


  4. I know I’ve told you of our love of the Irish . . . and the language makes me even for in love with it!

  5. What a great post! I love that you chose a name for your son that meant laughter – that’s so awesome!

  6. Kasey says:

    This just made me smile! I could totally picture the scene with the ball, crossed eyes and your giggling little man!

  7. Sarah says:

    I loved this! I will always remember the phrase “weak with laughing” and hope that it’s ommon in my life!

  8. dianewbailey says:

    Visiting from Just Write it, Girl! And there is nothing in the world better than laughing yourself weak, with someone who gets it. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Kristina says:

    Sounds like Irish would be a language my husband would love! It’s wonderful to laugh so much that you become weak. I could use some of that. Nice post.


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