Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Art of Silly

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

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.


elk said...

yes and being a teacher i let my silliness flow at times...preschoolers love it..
happy birthday to your better half..wink!

Anonymous said...

In my home silly is a requirement. LOL
It keeps you young and happy. :)

beth said...

silly is as silly does and we have it here in every way, shape and SMELL !!!

and jumping on the hotel beds....US TOO....because it's not allowed at home....ever !

smith kaich jones said...

This is just fab! My newest silly thing - saying "fab". It just makes me laugh. But this is truly fab - LOL! Silliness is too, too underrated, which is why we should wear costumes at Halloween and laugh right out loud in public. And buy crazy, silly shoes and then wear them to serious functions.

Love this!
:) Debi

Pastor Sharon said...

You have a lovely gift of sharing! And can I just tell you, I love Shel Silverstein!!!! Oh my, I taught my son to read by reading Shel's books to him! My son just turned 21 and we still get a laugh out of reciting his poetry together!

Patti said...

I love silly and I absolutley love to laugh and to get others to laugh as well. It totally gets me in trouble at school and I sometimes have to leave the room... Also- at times I have a hard time disciplining as it is hard to go from silly to serious at a moment's notice.

Char said...

poor hotels because we do it with my nephews too. :)

I sing silly songs and my brother and I make conversations for the dogs.

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Thanks for the reminder! Need more silly in life. And what a beautiful birthday wish for your sweetie!

Lubna said...

Oooh, I so love you for this. I act silly too. Ever clapped your hands in a stodgy work place after finishing an excrutiating assignment - well you get dirty looks. But, who cares. My team loves it, so do I.

Jeanne said...

Blessings to you my lovely friend.
We all need more silly time in this world of so much worry and woe.
Love you
and laughter lots of love and laughter.
Love you

Jessica said...

Silly is completely underrated and your passion and gift for silliness is one thing I just love about you! I believe in silliness as well (so silly to write, indeed!). As I was teaching I just picked up a bunch of stickers from my desk and started putting them on one of my student's face because she was grumpy and needed a little silly cheer-up. A little silliness just changed her day.

Derrick said...

Hi Relyn,

Silly moments, I can handle. Jumping on beds, I think I'm with Jeffrey!!

Wendy said...

Yay for silly! I think they should have a national holiday for silly. Maybe you should start lobbying!

LOL... my word verification is "aneuthot" -- A NEW THOUGHT! See?? it's a sign!

Christina said...

I'm SO believing now, more than ever we need to meet half way or do a Chicago silly meeting.

silly rocks!
; )

dutchbaby said...

And there is nothing sillier than a poem by Shel Silverstein! Hmm, I'm going to have to make room for silly string in my Mary Poppins bag. Never know when a customer service person needs some sillying.

spread your wings said...

i'm afraid i don't let myself go enough to be silly very often. wish i could/would. it feels good when I do.

Journey Wildly said...

Every now and then, we pull the mattress of Dylan's bed, (cause its lighter) and into the livingroom floor it goes!

We call it our special trampoline.

This is his third mattress, by the way, and he's only nine! lol

PS-Imagine my delight when I awoke to all your wonderful comments this morning! I love it. You are like the little elves that leaves shoes, only you leave smiles!!

Gillian said...

being silly is such a good stress buster....
BELLY laughs...!!!!
love em

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I have always thought we all grow up too fast to take on responsibility at a young age. It really stifles creativity if we aren't silly!

Southern Drawl said...

I find the older I get the sillier I get and the more I enjoy it:)

Jeanie said...

I'm printing out this poem and sharing it with every not-as-silly-as-me person I know! Shel says it far better than I can!

Jaime said...

You are such a bright and shining light dear Relyn. Each time I come here, I leave a little happier and lighter in my step. You infuse my soul with the most wonderful things.

And how I love that illustration! (I have a love for children's books mainly because I love to look at the illustrations). If only I had thought of that as a child, using a sheet as a you think it would work?

SE'LAH... said...

That's way your hotel room tradition.

I play a silly game with my daughter where I pretend I'm melting until I get a hug or kiss from her. It's my way of saying, I cannot imagine life without you.

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