Meet Charlie, named after Charlie Chaplin as he was born with a smile and has been a joy ever since.
Charlie Chaplin once said: Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain. I like to laugh a lot – from giggling at little things to donkey snorts and side ripping raucous laughter. Charlie the donkey made me reminisce as he nudged my hand to stroke him.
One funny moment that sticks firmly in my mind happened about 25 years ago. I stood in front of my work colleague, a dear friend, in her office and ranted at her for upsetting one of my valued customers. During my rage, getting louder and more obnoxious as I went, a sudden intervention came from nowhere. The universe had had enough of me. In the middle of my overreaction, my friend’s face paling with each word, I was literally knocked off my feet and ended up in a heap on the floor in front of her desk. It was as if the Hulk had picked me up and slam dunked me to the ground. There was no explanation. One second I was standing, the next hitting the deck. My friend – yes, she was still my friend after all my hot headedness - peered over the edge of the desk and looked down at my startled face. That was it. The laughter ignited and wasn’t even interrupted as our Boss came into the room to investigate the commotion. To this day, I don’t know what happened but I still giggle at the thought and learned a valuable lesson – control and diplomacy.