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I was playing with the older of my grandchildren, now 15 and 14 when they were small, perhaps 3 and 2.  They had some friends visiting, and as usual, when around wee ones, I do silly things, things that entertain two and three year olds.  It was amusing that one of their friends turned and looking me quite seriously in the eye said, “you’re crazy” while the other little visitor said, “your silly”.  Two of the greatest compliments I could have received.  My response, “come on over, it’s a great deal of fun over here”.

It struck me, quite forcefully, that even at this tender age, they were regimented into believing there was only one way for adults to act.  Adults were serious, and acted “appropriately”.  That wouldn’t fit in my world, still doesn’t.  Probably never will.

I’m not talking about “talking down” to little people.  I’m referring to silly lighthearted, ooey goooey goodness, fun!  Mucking about with all the goo they love so much, play dough, that new goo you can make at home, slime, making silly faces, telling sillier stories, joking, playing hide and seek with a paper napkin because it’s there, dancing with a mop, making funny hats to wear, like that.

I realized at that moment, that even with little ones, you have to be daring.  Dare to be different, dare to let your guard down, dare to have fun, just play, be seen as different.

In a society that expect propriety in all things, and that has become too serious, and so easily offended by every damn thing,  I realize we’ve lost perspective on what is real, pure, honest and focus too much on the ridiculous and immaterial.

It’s not our job to police everyone and everything said, it’s our responsibility to be daring, bold, full of excitement and effervescence and have some fun.  Dare to be different!  Dare to play outside the box.  Dare to have fun!  At least once in awhile. 🙂






  1. iglengel says:

    Yours is my kind of thought process.
    Good for you. We need more humor and funny craziness in the world today.
    I’m right behind you as soon as I can figure out how to take these roller skates off, I’LL be right there. Now where did I put my skate key?

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  2. jsant1214 says:

    Nice post! I agree – we need to live with childlike simplicity. Be silly & have fun! I remember my grandmother once hesitated with a fun nail polish color that she really liked because she thought it was “too young for her.” I responded that 1- she had no way of going back in time which would mean she would NEVER wear this polish for fear of being different, which is absolutely ridiculous (she didn’t work in an office so she didn’t have to worry about being professional) 2- it’s good to be young at heart, age is just a number. ❤ Enjoy the silliness 🙂

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  3. AprilEsutton says:

    Far more daring than I every was, but I’m learning.

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  4. Sheryl says:

    I love playing lego, playdoh, crafts, minecraft, puddle stomping, mud pies… bah who needs adult rules all the time? As usual I enjoyed what you had to say. 🙂


  5. Well said. I can relate to what you are saying, given that we have a toddler in the house and being a reader of quite some parenting books. We are always thinking about guidance and rules, who knows why… probably to make our lives easier as parents.


  6. cwaugh212 says:

    Life is much too short not to be silly once in a while. Kids learn more observing what we do than what we say. They miss nothing. If you want the kids (or grandkids in my case) to have fun, show them that you like to have fun as well.


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