“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” ˜Dr. Seuss
It’s a silly game for just us two. And only we know what to do. It all started one afternoon when my 4-year-old granddaughter asked her standard question;”How long is it till we get home Mimi?” My response was a general estimate, “Twelve minutes.” My playful girl (with no speech issues) said ,” SCHwelve minutes! Did you say SCHwelve minutes Mimi? That’s a long time!” Being fastidious about my enunciation, I responded, “No Em, I said twelve minutes.” Giggly girl said, “OH, OK Mimi, I know what you said now, SCHwelve minutes!” And the laughter ensued. Our little nonsensical game continued with the numbers descending as we both conspired to create the most absurd variation of the “normal” numbers. The game is now one of “our things”, a special shared activity that only we enjoy.
A beautiful, fun-loving, 4-year-old girl infuses my life with regular doses of nonsense and whimsy, an addictive tonic that has no cost or side effects. Life can be so many degrees of serious, tragic, and painful for adults (and sadly, children too). While all of us don’t have access to a therauputic 4-year-old, a Dr. Seuss book or some other form of silliness could be just the prescription we need.
Seek out a little nonsense. Create it. Allow it. Sure, you’ll feel silly, but silly is good! Silly is fun! Silly could be just the balm you need for the bruises life’s realities sometimes inflict.
Peace and Love