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Topic: Laughter (10/18/04)

TITLE: Laughter Sometimes Strained
By Carol Dee Meeks
10/22/04

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When football season rolls in around us and greets a new

season once more, my family goes in different directions. We

all root for the Big Twelve Conference. That is the conference

that stretches from Texas up through Nebraska. My oldest son

thinks the Cornhuskers of Nebraska are the only team around. My

youngest son lives in Colorado and bleeds gold blood for his

Buffalos. I root for the Oklahoma Sooners, and my husband roots

for them also, to keep peace with me.

We email back and forth on Mondays after weekend games.

When all three teams win, it’s a happy day as laughter seeps

through and across the lines of technology. We’re really O.K.

until our teams start playing each other. Then, the emails

become shorter and smiley faces wear tears.

The Sooners are a team of good fortune. They have been

graced with the most success, at least, for the last several

years. My boys didn’t laugh when Oklahoma was crowned the best

in 2002, even for the sake of their mom’s favorite team. They

just prayed for a basketball and hockey season to make their

debuts.

I’m learning that my laughter is too loud and boastful for

their wounded hearts when the Sooners win. It’s been a while

since Nebraska or Colorado won a National Championship, and this

is serious business. When you bleed gold for your team, and

only watch for The Big Red, this is a serious fanfare. After

some real soul searching, because I still want them to keep in

touch, I added this verse to the bottom of my emails. In

Proverbs 14:13, it says, “Even in laughter the heart may sorrow,

and the end of mirth may be grief.”

Because few teams win back to back titles and hoping my

laughter for that 2002 championship was not short-lived, I did

not have the nerve to tell them “they Sooner need a new team,”

I want them to stay in touch.

This year is different. We’re not as serious. But the

season is fresh and Oklahoma’s record is still untarnished.

I’ll hold my laughter down. January may bring a frown then I’ll

Sooner wait till next year like my sons are doing now.


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Verlie Ruhl10/27/04
Carol, you've just described my brother's family! My niece is in the Sooner marching band, but my brother & sister-in-law both graduated from Oklahoma State. Their house is pretty tense during the Civil War game! I'll share that verse with them--thanks! (I live in Oregon now, but I have to admit I was a little smug when the Sooners mopped up the Ducks at the beginning of the season. I'm humming Boomer Sooner as I type.)
L.M. Lee10/30/04
wow...talk about a football household! :-)