Our March L'Arche@Tabor event was Music and Movement themed! We had a great time enjoying laughing yoga, freeze dancing, singing songs together, and watching a L'Arche flash mob! L'Arche Portland loves to connect through dancing, singing, and laughter, so it was the perfect way to connect with each other and make new friends. If you missed L'Arche@Tabor this month, be sure to attend L'Arche@Westside Monday, March 18 for similar music and movement themed activities!
I would say that Joni has a very youthful sense of humor. The funniest thing for Joni is if someone falls, (Joni makes silly noise) or sounds like that, or drops something, does something silly, or hurts themselves, not bad, but bumps themselves, Joni will laugh so hard.
Joni laughs at herself too which is a great reminder that you can't take yourself too seriously. Traditional spoken language isn't really the best in making a relationship with Joni. Joni communicates with her signs and facial expressions and gestures, but sense of humor is an amazing way to bridge what might seem at first like a communication gap. Once you can figure out what's funny to Joni and Joni figures out whats funny to you, you guys are gonna be golden.
And Joni's laugh is the best too. Hearing Joni's laugh makes me laugh. Being an assistant and living in L'Arche in general has inspired me to really tap into my sense of humor. Sometimes I say laugh to keep from crying, because some days are really draining, you know? Not in a bad way but just emotionally and physically you're tapped out. But I never tap out of my sense of humor, it's always there.