Don't you just love jumping on the bed? And on a trampoline? Don't you love polka dots, spring sunshine, and excited little puppies that crawl all over each other just trying to get to you? OK. Back to jumping on the bed...
Sloane and I have a tradition that drives Jeffrey crazy. The first thing we do in any hotel room we enter is toss down our stuff and jump on the nearest bed. We jump and jump and jump. We reach up to try and touch the ceiling. I usually have to jump on my knees. Otherwise I'd crack my head on the ceiling.
I have a special gift for silly, for fun. I believe in wearing those pointy party hats, singing off key to get a laugh, squirting Silly String at unsuspecting people. (Actually, I've always wanted to squirt grumpy cashiers with Silly String, but I can't go quite get myself to do it.) I think toots and other stinky smells are hilarious, and I laugh every time someone toots near me. I often peer into other classrooms and make fish faces on the glass. In Lawsonland, we have Stupid Human Tricks Time once a month on Fridays. We also practice groan-worthy Knock Knock jokes and burst into song at random times when the moment seems to call for it.
I think being silly is underrated. Most people outgrow silly while they are still in their twenties. And that just makes them older faster. It is a little known fact that silly is an art form. It is another fact that silly makes you laugh and laughter makes everything better. As usual, Shel said it best:
Put Something In
by Shel Silverstein
by Shel Silverstein
Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.
Silly lets you get away with things you'd never try otherwise. Silly gets a laugh, which is a gift to the laugh-er and the laugh-ee. Silly keeps you from being embarrassed and helps make the most of tiny moments. I say, "Bring on the silly!"
Now. Where's that hotel bed when I need it?
Art by Tricia Tusa, one of my most favorite illustrators. This silly post is especially for my love, Jeffrey. Who shows me his silly side every time I need it. Happy birthday, my love.