It's that time of year when for one day deep in October, dressing up and acting silly is OK!
I wonder why it seems OK to be silly when we are dressed in a costume or hiding behind a mask ---- is it not OK to be silly when we are dressed in our own clothes and don't have a mask on?
I LOVE being silly. I love to sing silly songs with made-up crazy words. I love to dance silly dances or walk like a giant or a bird or Cruella de Vil. I love to talk like Donald Duck. I love to contort my face into silly expressions.
No wonder there are times when I wish I could return to my childhood .... when silly somehow seemed more acceptable.
Merriam/Webster's take on SILLY makes me sad:
having or showing a lack of thought, understanding or good judgement; not practical or sensible, meaningful or important; ridiculous, irrational, frivolous
Well, Noah Webster and George and Charles Merriam ... I say POOLEYBAH on that ! And yup, that word isn't in your dictionary.
What is more fun than a silly joke? When my granddaughter spends the night, we often hide rubber chickens in an unsuspecting someone's bed. When she stayed over for two school nights recently I packed a silly something alongside her apples slices and sandwich in her lunch sack each day. Her second grade friends and even the principal couldn't wait to see what would show up at lunch. Granted, she acted like it was all a great big fat embarrassment, but deep down inside, I wanna think she got a little giggle from it and maybe even enjoyed the attention a bit. And most importantly, I think she knew that I was imagining her sweet smile when I packed that silliness alongside my love into her lunch sack.
Mr. Webster and both Mr. Merriams, you are probably right ... a baby rubber chicken or plastic glasses with a warty nose attached is not practical or sensible in a school lunch...it is ridiculous and irrational and frivolous, but you will never convince me that when SILLY says I Love You or Please Smile or Goofy Is Good Sometimes, it is not meaningful and important.
We adults often seem hesitant to let our silly sides show. I wonder why.
Are we worried that others will think we are having or showing a lack of thought, understanding or good judgement?
Maybe we should rethink that. After all, don't we want our children to worry less about what others think?
I hope that whenever we get the chance, we allow (and even encourage) our kids and grandkids to find time to be silly! It's important.