Today I had an uncontrollable case of the giggles. It all started when I was walking up the stairs to the English office. Actually, it was more of a fast paced hopping (if that is relevant). However, when I reached the second to last stair, I was feeling a little morning coffee jolt and decided I would take my hopping to the next level of what I formally refer to as bounding.
Lo and behold, I do not have the bounding skills of an antelope (or of a pug for that matter) and therefore, tripped on the stair, dropped my suitcase of a briefcase and sent my daily English newspaper flying through the air. Then, both myself and the one lucky witness burst into uncontrollable laughter. This is of course after he asked me, “daijoubu desu ka?” And, that’s when I realized that falling up the stairs or in a pool or down an escalator is universally hilarious. Unfortunately, only one student was able to witness Katie-teacher’s morning poise and grace. Although, I am sure they will all hear about it.
With the thought of the one English document in the entire school flying through the air, I then proceeded to incidentally let out small bursts of laughter during the morning staff meeting. My inability to control my laughter continued all day. One of my classes played charades. Hilarious. My students attempting to speak English. Hilarious. My serious incompetency for Japanese. Hilarious. The girl on the train who was wearing a yellow toboggan and a red jacket (who, to me, resembled a slender and Japanese version of Winnie the Pooh slash Pooh-san). Hilarious.
Don’t ask me why. I know these things are not funny to anyone in his or her right mind. But, I am certainly not complaining. Who knew that falling up the stairs would be the precursor to a fabulous day? Not I.