May 20, 2009. Oxford Street London.
It is the opening day of special sales at the Marks and Spencer store on the occasion of their 125th Anniversary and there’s a long line of people waiting for the store to open. As opening time nears, the crowd swells and so does the restlessness. That’s when a group of entertainers come out to interact with the crowd keep them occupied till its time for the store doors to open.
One of the entertainers is a magician who moves down the line chatting a bit to each person and sharing a magic trick or two. It’s a smooth, practiced routine and quite predictable, not to mention boring. And then something happens…
One of the people waiting in the line says something and the magician bursts out laughing and continues laughing.
The magician’s laughter is so clear and sincere and infectious that slowly, very slowly, the people around join him in laughing and soon all of us are laughing. It is a special moment of laughing together, and yet quite inexplicable for most of us don’t know why we are laughing (I’m quite far back in the line and don’t know what caused the magician to burst out laughing). And yet, it felt so right to laugh.
A short while ago, while searching my digital photo library for a suitable photograph for a New Year’s post, I came across this one. Even after so many years, when I saw this photo, I started laughing prompting my mother to ask me why. When I showed her this photo she too couldn’t help smiling and then joining me in laughing.
Happy New Year, dear friend. Here’s wishing you a year full of good health, good times, happiness, contentment, and laughter. Yes, laughter. For if you laugh, the world laughs with you. 😀