Have you listened ... I mean really listened ... to children laughing?
They are so completely given over to it. They can't help themselves.
Things are not just a little funny, eliciting a polite chuckle. They are really, really funny. There's a sudden explosion of laughter, and when they try to control it ... the more they try ... the more it comes bubbling out.
Even the most confirmed grump is likely to find a certain contagion in the children's laughter, may find himself beginning to smile, inwardly, at least, may find himself joining in ... remembering a time when things were just so unbearably funny.
Originally published in Capper's:
of those nearby,
Today's word: contagion