Deep Down Hurt Your Chest Laughter

Every night before Lillian goes to sleep I do what we call “Happy Thoughts“. About a year and a half ago Lillian was having problems falling asleep. So, I began reviewing a few happy thoughts with her to help her fall asleep. We always do 4 of them (had to stop it somewhere or we’d be up all night).

Tonight when we got to the 3rd happy thought; for some reason Lillian decided to talk about names. She said her 3 names as she calls it – First, Middle and Last, then mine, then Thomas’ and then she wanted to know the cats 3 names. I told her Cinamon only had 1 name. Well, that was not acceptable. So, our cat’s new name is Cinamon Paige Darnell.

Now, for the 4th happy thought, I could not for the life of me figure out what she was saying (remember her speech is mostly unintelligible). So, she decided to spell out the word with sign language. She got out E, L, O, M and that was it. I was thinking what the heck is Elom. So, she spelled it again and after ELO I said “Electric Light Orchestra”. Now, I know it may not seem funny to you; but, I desperately have been needing to have some true, authentic laughter and that just did it. I’m thinking, here I am, past her bedtime, trying to figure what happy thought #4 is and she is spelling out ELO. Lillian was laughing really hard, too, and at the same time trying to say “stop” and do the sign for stop. Anyway, after many more minutes she did the sign language for cat and I finally figured out she wanted to give 3 names to my Mom’s cat. And she was trying to spell his 1st name – ELWOOD!! So, Mom and Frank, your cat’s new name is Elwood Arthur Romano.

I just thought I would share this with everyone; because it was a special gift to me tonight to be able to laugh so darn hard with my beautiful little fairy that it made my chest hurt!

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