I have this horrible problem. I’ve had this problem since I can remember. Anytime anyone falls down, I laugh. Hysterically. As you can imagine, this problem has gotten me in trouble many times and has hurt many people’s feelings. I always thought that when I became a parent, things would change and I would mature a little and be more sensitive about people falling, tripping, etc.
Now I am a parent of two amazing little girls. When my 4-year-old walks into walls or trips on something, I can’t help myself, I laugh. Right in her face. I feel horrible about it and it’s uncontrollable.
The other day, I took Sunny to a park. We were having such a great time, laughing, playing and enjoying ourselves. Then Sunny asked me if we could get some ice cream. As we were walking to the ice cream truck, she tripped and did a double flip before landing back on her bottom. I knew she hadn’t really hurt herself because I could tell it wasn’t a bad cry, it was more of a scared one. I just sat there laughing in front of other parents and kids while Sunny scolded me and cried, “I would never laugh at you if you fell, why are you laughing at me?”
I felt like the world’s biggest idiot, the more I tried to stop laughing, the more I laughed. People were seriously giving me dirty looks. So I began to tell Sunny loudly (so that onlookers could hear me), “I’m not laughing at you, I’m laughing at that lady that just walked by.” So Sunny asked me, “Which lady?”
I then pointed to a completely random stranger nearby and began laughing in her face while she looked at me like I was completely insane.
Yeah… not going back to that park anytime soon.