Travel with Smiles

I am reminded today of my first time to take a trip on an airplane. I was 21 years old. I had become a skin care consultant-as I liked to call myself- for Mary Kay cosmetics. So had my twin sister. Their annual convention was in Dallas Texas, and we had decided to invest in our career and attend.

That’s the sequence of success you know. Decide to do something. Recruit your sister. Buy the right clothes. Get a cute briefcase. Get matching office supplies.

All the better, this job included travel! What a treat!

We get dropped off at the airport, and I am actually feeling pretty nervous. My husband wasn’t real crazy about me being away, but was willing. My sister told everyone that this was my first flight. We boarded the plane and got settled in our seats.

Once we were settled, my smile grew and grew. We giggled. We laughed. We were going to have a great time. And we did.

Life moved us to a distant state after that trip and our twin travel ceased. We traveled to see each other. We raised kids, we migrated in and out of Mary Kay, we went to college, we prayed while her son was in Iraq, and we cared for our parents as they each faced different illness and death. We walked with me through a divorce. We cried together and laughed together, but we didn’t travel together.

Then after 33 years, we took a twin trip together. We have taken a trip every year for 4 years. It is a treasure I cherish.

Today we are both traveling-She to another country, me across country. We will miss each other. But we have our next trip in February. What a way to warm the Ohio winter and the heart.

Travel safe my sis! See you soon!

Twin giggles

I have heard it said, Laughter is the best medicine.

I call it  ‘laugh therapy’.

Research has claimed it reduces the cortisol level-which is a hormone that can cause destruction of neurons-and increases the levels of endorphins and dopamine-which provide a sense of pleasure and reward. ( dated April 28, 2014) Those are a lot of words that basically say:

It is good to laugh.         It makes you feel better.        It reduces stress.      It lightens the load.

That is one of the wonderful things about being a twin. We laugh together. We get each other’s humor. We don’t have to explain the joke.

The day I was moving into my new little cottage house, my boyfriend came over to help me set things up. My twin and her husband came as well. They had not met Joe yet, but they had heard plenty about each other. I might mention that Joe is an engineer. He plans, builds and is responsible for the safety of people as they enter into what he created. He takes his job seriously, and always carries a measuring tape.

My twin and I ‘eye ball’ the wall when we put up a picture. Consequently, behind most paintings hanging on our walls will be multiple miss-placed nail holes. We figured, it didn’t matter-the holes were behind the picture!

So when the time came to put up the paintings in the new house, Joe reached for his measuring tape. My twin and I began to giggle. Our giggle burst into laughter. What we instinctively understood, was the value of measuring, and the in-efficiency of ‘eye balling’. Yet we continued the old ‘eye ball’ method for many years; despite the injury to our walls. It is fun to laugh together. But we have learned that we often have to explain our humor to others. I immediately let Joe know that we were not laughing at him, but at each other. How appropriate to use a measuring tape. We just never thought of it!

I have learned to use a measuring tape. It is a very efficient little tool. I bet an engineer designed it.

When life gets too challenging, we need a twin fix. A time to get away with each other. We give each other energy. One way we do it, is through laughter. The great thing is, we really don’t need any particular reason to laugh. One will begin to laugh because the other one is. Or because we had the same thought, or we had the same ‘look’, or we simply were tired of being sad.

“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.”   Bill Cosby

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”  William Shakespeare