Laughter From Long Ago

What is your favorite sound?

To be honest, this isn’t a post about my favorite sound. My favorite sound would probably be music of some form, or maybe the sound of a particular loved one’s voice/laughter — possibly the sound of the ocean, or something like that. I don’t know if I’ve ever thought much about it.

However, this question made me think about this one person I knew in high school, way back when. I think I’ve seen her once in the past seven years (it’s funny the associations minds make), but she was fantastic. She had this really distinctive laugh — we could tell it was her from the other side of the theatre. She was so beautiful and talented and totally one of my favorite people from her year. And she was really unpredictable; I never quite knew what she was going to say, which made being around her fascinating.

She had this laugh that everyone recognized. At the end of the year, they’d always film little interviews with the seniors in my theatre group — hers mostly ended up being clips of her laughing. Someone else would answer a question about their favorite show, or advice for the newbies, or some such thing, and then it’d cut to her laughing. It was fabulous.

I have no clue what she’s doing now — Facebook news feed doesn’t tell me, and we were never close. I’d like to think, though, that she’s happy. I hope she’s laughing.


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