Three Word Wednesday CCI
When Niall was three years old, and he would be inconsolable, I would try picking him up, turning him upside down, laughing, and tickling him. Low-tech, and sometimes it failed. But sometimes it worked.
When an adult is inconsolable, the techniques that occur to me are not much more sophisticated. Whether I do or not, I am tempted to try a joke. Being inconsolable is scary for me.
But is that remedy or manipulation? Am I trying to find purchase to generate enough leverage to change the other person? Give me a place to stand and a joke funny enough and I will move his or her world?
Maybe. Perhaps it is an attempted remedy for me, and my fears. It could make things worse; I always fear that, too. And would distraction be a remedy, after all? Maybe it would just hide the sadness for a bit.
Well, maybe that's the point. If time heals all wounds, perhaps that time would best be spent laughing.
(Three Word Wednesday is an effort to create a distributed online writers' collective by, once per week, giving a uniform prompt to writers. This week, the words were joke, remedy, and leverage.)