Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Way Back to Funny

I'm not feeling very funny today. Folks, I'm trying but its just not happening. I'm not funny or witty or silly or even exceptionally creative today. Granted, I've only had one cup of coffee but still...I got nothing.

As a writer this happens sometimes and as a mom it happens all of the time. I'm in the place where I have run out of 'good mood' and all I feel is 'blah'. I think its the point where the everyday life stuff begins to pile up and I forget that this, all of this, is meant to be a fun, joy-filled adventure. When I get to this point I go to my words, not the words that I have written, but the words I have claimed as my own. The words that make me think, that make me laugh and that remind me that being 'the grown-up' doesn't mean that I have to be serious all the time.

These are the words of my childhood, the words that taught me that its good to be silly, that sometimes the world only makes sense when you look at it sideways and that imagination is the key to my sanity. These words come mostly from Shel Silverstein, his writings were the first I read that made me feel like being a day-dreamer isn't a bad thing and that words are not just for serious, they are for fun, too.  I'm going to share some of my words with you and maybe we can find our funny together...


If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer...
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!


Sandra’s seen a leprechaun,
Eddie touched a troll,
Laurie danced with witches once,
Charlie found some goblins gold.
Donald heard a mermaid sing,
Susy spied an elf,
But all the magic I have known
I've had to make myself

Put Something In

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.


Cat Connor said...

Love it!

Wanna know what I do when that blah comes along? I jump in puddles, stomp in the rain, play with my Ellie doll (remember that doll I made?)... hide under the table and pretend I'm invisible. Put music I LOVE on really loud. Find some glitter and sprinkle it about declaring the fairies have visited. :)
Above all... I know that tomorrow will be fun again, because without the occasional blah day we can't fully appreciate the fun and the joy.


Some Random Mother said...

Thanks, Cat ... I love the way words sound when they are put together just right. I also read Suess and Sendak and Munsch when I get into a funk. It's something about going back to those things of my childhood that reminds me that once upon a time I thought anything was possible...I try to live in once upon a time as much as I can.