Friday, May 3, 2013

Laughter is the Secret!

Maybe if we could all laugh alike,
and laugh at the same time,
this world of ours wouldn’t be able to find so many things to squabble about.
                              Bob (Leslie Townes) Hope


A few weeks ago while at an auction sale I found myself admiring a hat sitting atop an older gentleman’s head. It was a colourful plaid and thinking it was very stylish I did something I would normally never do, I snapped a photo. To my surprise the gentleman looked up and I recognized that smiling face, I rushed over to say Hello and knew exactly what our conversation was going to be like, I was excited. Now I understand that incredible draw to photograph his unique style it was once again A Remarkable Man or should I say Mr. MC someone I have written about before. This man has always intrigued me, he has wonderful stories and his zest for life is contagious to say the least not to mention his incredible wit and humour.

I do know Mr. MC’s age but do not tell him how old he is he will ultimately deny it, he likes to keep everyone guessing, I am pretty sure that is his little secret on how to keep looking so good and being so active…denial I am going to start that right now.

Hello Mr. MC, he grabbed my hand to shake it; he recognized me right away and immediately asks “What are you buying here today?” I reply nothing but I am sure My Hero has a different idea, and it involves ladders. His laughter is contagious, we laugh out loud surrounded by this crowd of auction goers. I remember thinking I wished everyone could hear his laugh, which is truly the secret to his long and happy life. I told Mr. MC how much I loved his hat and I admitted that I had taken a photo when he was not looking, he laughed when I asked if I could take another one, “Sure” but he turned sideways so I caught the side of his laughing face and the side of his hat. He asked that I not share his face and I told him I would not, I just wanted it for myself. After a good visit talking about farming and well more farming, we shook hands and vowed to see each other again soon and Mr. MC wandered off to check out some fence wire for his cattle and I wandered off to find My Hero. Later in the day I watched as he drove his nice pickup loaded with wire and such down the long narrow lane and headed for home.


Yesterday while going through my photos I came across the photos of Mr. MC and knew I had to print them off and take them to him, I imagined he would love them, and I am sure his family would enjoy them also. The photos had captured this Remarkable Man with that boyish grin and that unique plaid hat surrounded by an auction crowd of mostly young and middle aged people. In my mind he stood out as testament to farming; in his keeping busy and finding humour in every situation that in turn has kept him young and happy. I truly wish I could share the photos with the world but I will keep Mr. MC’s wish. I love these photos, I could not wait to show him them. I headed off to visit Mr. and Mrs. MC.

I knocked on the door and heard the familiar “Come on in” I walked through the door and Mr. MC thought I was collecting for something, we both laughed at the thought,  his contagious laughter again making me forget everything, I will never grow tired of that laugh. I handed him the photos he was so excited he called Mrs. MC over and shared them with her. The look on their faces told me this is where those photos belonged. I sat at the kitchen table and Mr. MC started to tell me a story, there is nothing better in the world, at least for me, then sitting at a kitchen table in an old farmhouse and listening to a story from someone who has lived life to the fullest while farming.

 Apparently Mr. MC was reading the paper the other day and came across an ad about a man looking for work, Mr. MC does admit to slowing down a wee bit and was thinking of hiring someone to help drive the tractor and help with planting and haying. He gave this person a call. Mr. MC explains the story this way.

The man who placed the ad was not home so Mr. MC ended up talking to his wife. She explains to him that yes her husband was still looking for work and would take anything. Mr.MC asks what her husband would expect an hour to work. Well she thought about it for a moment and then explained he would need $20 an hour but if the work was hard physical labour he would need $25 an hour. Mr. MC thanked the woman and hung up the phone; I am sure a little disappointed and know doubt surprised.

Sharing this story with me today while I sit at the kitchen table in this beautiful old farmhouse Mr. MC remembers when he was sixteen and headed out West to find work and found a job and was getting paid 25 cents an hour. That was good money but he was still miffed that he would work for 14 hours a day and was only paid for 11 meaning three hours of hard labour for nothing. He was grateful to have the job. He could not believe that people actually demand that much pay now at a time when jobs are in short supply and farmers are finding it extremely hard to find any help. I do hope Mr. MC finds the help he seeks. Memories of 25 cents an hour and the reality of 25 dollars an hour will no doubt give him something to think about.


It is now lunch time and Mr. MC starts cooking lunch for him and his lovely wife I bid goodbye, asking if he minds if I take some photos of his cattle. He replies “Sure”, I walk out the door and head to the barn yard passing a wagon load of square bales that Mr. MC had went to pick up this morning down the road. A truly Remarkable Man indeed.


Mr. MC's hat.
After getting a few shots and before leaving I pop into the house to say thank you, I open the door to the sound of Mr. MC and Mrs. MC’s laughter. I know this has to be the secret.

Later

54 comments:

  1. I do believe the saying that laughter is the best medicine. I kept wishing that Mr. MC changed his mind about sharing his photo - he really does sound remarkable. I hope he's able to find someone to help out on his farm. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. 25 dollars an hour is a bit extravagant though isn't it? I don't really know how much pay is around here, but I have been looking at jobs for 11 dollars an hour and such. This was such a beautiful tale about a really lovely gentleman. I hope he manages to get the help that he is looking for!

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  3. What a wonderful surprise to run into him there. I'm sure he was just as pleased to get to talk to you, too. I would have loved to be sitting there at the table with you, hearing his stories.

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  4. That is a delightful story and what a lovely man.
    We pay $20/hr for gardening work and $30/hr for an odd jobs but efficient man who do most things around and in a house.
    We should all laugh more and together if possible but these days it is becoming more and more difficult to find anything to have a good laugh about, more's the pity. M.

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  5. I think the $20 or $25 was probably right in line. We pay $20 an hour for cleaning and farming is a lot harder work than cleaning. Still...a lot depends on whether the help has any experience in the (ahem) field or not.

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  6. Good grief. No wonder he's looking for work (versus actually working). I can't believe he's demanding that much $.

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  7. A wonderful story you tell, Buttons! A pity you could not get permission to share just a pic if Mr MC's hat, perhaps on his kitchen table or hat rack, as I bet he does not wear it indoors.

    A pity also that 25 cents does not buy now, what it did back in the days long gone. At least here in TX, there is cheap unskilled labor available for those who wish to hire for cash...

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  8. I love your story!
    I wish I got paid 25.00 an hour to work on our farm ;) Wouldn't that be nice! (haha)

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  9. Wonderful story today Buttons!!

    Have a nice peaceful weekend!

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  10. I would help Mr. MC and be happy to get paid in great stories and a lot of laughter.

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  11. So generous of you to bring the photos to Mr. MC. Love his plaid hat in the last shot. I hope he finds someone to help him at a reasonable rate of pay.

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  12. Now i understand why I LOVE each and every one of your posts.
    Your Core Values are exceptionally Kind, Uplifting, Empowering and Life Affirming.
    Thank You!
    I hope to grow up to be like Mr. & Mrs. MC -

    AND - YOU ARE An Artist - you live your life creatively, you are open minded and share your photography and writing with all of us - Certainly there is Much More to You than I know here in Blogland - What I know of you is Stellar.

    love & love,
    -g-

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  13. B,

    Mr. & Mrs. MC are wonderful people to have as friends, and neighbors. I love older people who have lived a full life, and can share those life stories. I could spend hours with my elderly friends and never get tired of listening to their stories.

    Laughter is what keeps the heart young and healthy.

    Mr. & Mrs. MC are blessed to have you as a neighbor. I love Mr. MC's hat!

    Thank you for sharing this story.

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  14. they sound wonderful. thank you for sharing them with us. :)

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  15. Laughter is the best medicine, and denial the best tonic. : )

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  16. It is a cliche, but still true, that laughter is the best medicine. Thanks for the cows and the hat to go with the wonderful story.

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  17. Another great story. Your blog has become a wonderful place to go to read about the people you meet, the stories they tell, their wisdom, in addition to the stories of your daily life. And laughter is very good medicine, that's for sure.

    How many Canadian dollars to a US dollar?

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  18. What a happy story. I just love being around people who are always laughing. Makes life a bit more happy!

    Hugs~

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  19. I just love people like that. If I didn't laugh at myself, I would have shot myself a long time ago. Laughter is gooooooodddddd!

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  20. B-I agree with the sentiment of this post so much! I love being around someone with an infectious laugh (and luckily my daughter has one!):) I truly think a sense of humor is one of the keys to a long and happy life-especially in the face of someone who asks for $25 bucks and hour! "That's rich!" as my Daddy would say!

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  21. The joys of laughter. It always makes my day...:)

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  22. I love being around people like Mr. and Mrs. MC. Their joy in living is almost catching!

    And I love your stories about what you find important, interesting, lovely. I really admire you, B.

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  23. I was hoping we'd get to see Mr. MC's hat! :) I reminds me of my Dad!! (except his hat isn't plaid) Laughter is such a wonderful thing, isn't it? If only we could all put it into practice.

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  24. What a wonderful story and I love his hat! We all need to put a little more laughter in our lives.

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  25. Aww, I just love this post, Buttons! Mr. MC sounds like a great person to spend an afternoon with. And I'm glad you gave us a glimpse of his hat! It is very stylish :)

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  26. Sorry I haven't visited lately, B! Mr M.C seems a lovely man! Lea and I usually laugh at the same time which is a good sign!

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  27. I so enjoyed your story how lovely for you to sit with him and listen to his life..

    Thanks for sharing the loviness of the hat and the sweet man .

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  28. love your stories b, i adore the hat!!

    i love that you notice these things and take pictures for everyone to enjoy!!

    have a fabulous weekend b, filled with lot's of fun and laughter!!

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  29. what a great post. There's a bit if a difference between 25 cents and $25 an hour isn't there!!

    Gill

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  30. Now that is a very cool hat! What an interesting man underneath it : )

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  31. A good friend with a contagious laugh is a treasure. Love the hat.

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  32. Great blog, nice atmosphere, interesting here with you. :) Regards! In my note of
    extraordinary event involving historic steam locomotives. You are cordially invited! :)
    I hope you enjoy it. Kisses.

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  33. No wonder you were attracted to that hat... It is so unique and beautiful. Don't you just love having a good friend like Mr MC?

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  34. Lovely story! I am hopping aboard as a new follower. :)

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  35. As always loved the story to pieces. You mentioned passing he "square bales of hay" and for some reason the old joke my dad use to always have me and my sis rolling our eyes at and calling him corny came to mind :
    We would be driving a country road and pass the first big ole round bale of hay in a field and dad never failed to say loudly "don't know why they think they can feed those big round bales because the cows will just never get a square meal that way " and he would look at us and smile. Sis and I would moan and shake our heads, WIsh he was still around to tell us that corny joke a million more times.

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  36. A delightful story and a dashing hat! Thanks for sharing.

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  37. I've missed coming here and reading your posts! Thanks for sharing the story of your Mr MC, my father-in-law wears hats like that but his are not so colorful :)

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  38. Indeed it is!
    Love catching up with you....even if I am a bad catcher-upper!
    ;)

    Big hugs for a lovely day!
    ~Mimi

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  39. Buttons- you would LOVE my parents! LOL.
    If you start talking cattle- be prepared to settle in for the day.

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  40. He sounds like such a treasure!! Laughter is great medicine and it's wonderfully contagious :)

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  41. To be able to see life with such joy, and happiness is more then a gift, it's a talent for finding the silver lining, in a cloud of darkness.

    Love meeting those kind of people, they always leave us with a happy feeling.

    Jen

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  42. A delightful, remarkable man. I hope he finds someone to help him out, at somewhere between 25 cents and 25 dollars an hour.

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  43. wish it wasn't such a secret and we could all share a laugh more often. I know I need to big time! Sandra

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  44. He has cute cows, and a very jaunty hat!

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  45. What a wonderful post; thoroughly enjoyable and loved the piece of history Mr. MC gave. He is a Remarkable Man but them, so many of our older folks are remarkable.

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  46. He sounds like a fine gentleman and surely laughter is the secret of eternal youth! I do love his hat - a very unique style! I do hope he finds good help. My son did work like that to put himself through school. Hopefully he can find someone like that. xx

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  47. Lovely story. Times have changed regarding a 'fee' to do this and that. Prices go up according to wages, a cat chasing it's tail sometimes. Hugs M x0x

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  48. Simply beautiful colours...lovely!

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  49. What an amazing old man. Laughter is the best medicine and he sure has proved it is an elixir.Love his hat.

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  50. Sounds like a great guy! I love his hat too. :)

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  51. Hi B, this couple sound absolutely delightful. I always believe that laughter can cure most things and they certainly prove that point. Thanks so much for sharing the story with us.

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  52. i have fallen immediately in love with this man! does your phone record audio? because i think you need to record his laughter as well!
    *hugs*

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