I’m Avoiding You

4th January 2011

Apparently I’m having trouble writing about my teeth. They’re so damn symbolic. Ugh. So! Let’s talk about something else for a minute while I regroup.

This makes me laugh. (via BB-Blog)

This makes me cry.

Tell me what makes you laugh or cry, and that way I can use comments as a reward for getting through the dental post. Ready? Go!

43 thoughts on “I’m Avoiding You

  1. Kizz

    Last night I wrote a post about the anniversary of the death of a friend and the writing of it made me cry. So I included a picture at the end of the post where she was being incredibly goody, which made me laugh. Scroll down on this post for that picture, which I think will make you laugh, too: http://tinyurl.com/2ugj4hn

  2. Katie

    I’ll get to the laugh/cry, but I want to tell you that the following phrase that you wrote, and I’m probably paraphrasing here, has had a huge impact on me in the last week: my body is an ecosystem.

    I’m going through my own health issues, employing eastern medicine, western medicine and everything in between, but honestly, that sentence gave me SO MUCH CLARITY. It’s all related. All of it. Everything. All the time.

    It’s like seeing this, all of a sudden I have magical powers. Thank you.

  3. latenac

    This has been making me laugh –

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu4lB0DJXIc

    esp the part where Alan acts like a little monster after one says Aha!

    As for cry my grandmother is very ill so I’ve been needing the above to not cry lately.

    I did read an interesting article once about fear of dentists and how teeth have always symbolized power (power to chew if nothing else) and thus going to the dentist so often represents a loss of power that that is part of why we’re afraid to go.

  4. Megan G.

    I laugh and cry at the same time a day or so before I get my period. My knees go weak, and I collapse in sobs and cackles at the slightest (and patternless – although it is usually over something little, like, I don’t know, losing a pen cap) provocation. I feel crazy while feeling utterly sane; there’s something about shifting hormones that lets in light about the absurdity of life.

    And that’s the story of my period! Good night!

  5. smallstatic

    Laugh: The League, cherpumples (WSJ), the article about Sandra Lee’s kwanzaa cake on Salon, Christopher Eigeman movies, the cast of Stella and the Variety Shac

    Cry: recent episodes of Parenthood, weighing the costs of changing my life, the very real possibility I’ll never have a child

  6. Joelle

    I got my mom laughing hysterically the other night at something I didn’t think was that funny.

    According to America’s Test Kitchen or Cook’s Illustrated, or whoever, the color of your bread pan makes a difference. I was complaining that my goddamn black non-stick pans were going to get tossed because they over flowed banana bread into banana burnt caramel on the oven floor.

    Which I had just spent 3 hours cleaning. That made me cry.

    She thought it was hysterical that I thought the color of the pans mattered.

    But for real crying? Discovering the new dog, who I’d probably gotten too early after losing the last dog to cancer, was going to have to go through a long, painful and difficult treatment for heartworms.

  7. Jen

    What makes me laugh: My 11 year old son learning Tom Lehrer’s Elements song. Or my 6 year old daughter pretending she’s mad. Heck, she can’t even keep a straight face through it.

    What makes me cry: Every time I think about what my 14 year old went through when he was suddenly very sick a few years ago. We are so lucky he’s alive.

  8. stephanie

    laugh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg

    so funny.

    I recently went to the dentist for the first time in five years. (I know, that is horrible.) It resulted in me getting my first dental crown (of the 4 that I need) and I felt such happiness, and relief, that I cried. My teeth had been weighing on me so much that I dreamed about them all the time. I am so curious to read what you have to say about symbolic teeth. So curious!

  9. Deidre

    Giant pencils make me laugh. I don’t know why.

    animals on the brink of getting hurt or actually getting hurt, I could never watch Lassie

  10. Elizabeth

    I have spent the last 15 years getting my teeth worked on. I was terrible to my teeth growing up and didn’t listen to anything while I had braces, and ended up with a MAJOR mouthful of problems. I have more crowns than the Queen. I don’t even want to count the rootcanals :(

    I know your fear and your pain (both physical and money) I am finally ALMOST done (only 3 more crowns to go!)

  11. Rebecca

    I recently went through my first IVF and blogged about the process. Until we got our negative beta test on 11/3. I didn’t write for my blog again until 1/2 (like, 2 days ago). I totally get the can’t make yourself write about it business. The failed IVF doesn’t make me cry, just annoying. I’m practical about it, because it’s the only thing that makes sense. So, next?

    What makes me laugh? Lots of things. I love the commercial where the plucked chicken, afraid of MSG, hops out of the grocery cart and runs away. Really bad jokes. As in, “Did you hear about the two antennae that got married? The wedding sucked, but the reception was great.”

    What makes me cry? When my church choir sings with orchestral accompaniment. Strings, horns, along with sacred choral music socks me in the gut. Also, thinking about my dad, who passed away 13 years ago this month. I miss him like crazy.

  12. Jenn Bo

    Cry: reading Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain”

    Laugh: mindless movies with no-so-stellar ratings (“little fockers” “bounty hunter”)

  13. Cindy

    This is dorky, but my husband always seems to make me laugh. We laugh all the time. It’s stupid silly.

    I get sad when I find reminders that my nephew is no longer with us.

  14. Laura

    Marc Maron’s WTF podcast makes me laugh most of the time and cry only now and then.

    The Avett Brothers’ song I And Love And You makes me cry when I’m homesick for Brooklyn.

  15. Jan

    Okay, proof I suffer from Schadenfreude – it’s probably wrong to laugh at this but it always makes me giggle:

  16. Tamera

    My students are constantly making me laugh.

    Little boy: What are testicles? Are those the popsicles they sell in stores to see how well people will buy them?

    Me: That is an excellent question… for your mom and dad to answer! (Laughter ensues after child leaves the room)

  17. Kelly

    Watching the Fireworks video the other day, (yes heard song, never the video) made me cry. Big real tears, choked up, cry out of the blue in my livingroom. Nice release, thank you for your perfect cosmic timing!
    Makes me laugh: My younger geeky brilliant male coworkers and their banter and wit. So many fart jokes, so much innuendo and “that’s what she said” — there are days we laugh til we cry.

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