Need a laugh? Goofy today.

See this oil painting illustration from children’s book “Fred” come to life in 1 minute (time lapse)

LOL! Today I did something as silly as the “Rock Juggling” incident from when I was a child, shown in the above video. In the scene from the Fred book (my dad’s nickname for me was Fred), I talked about the time when I was bored and I decided for reasons unknown to lie on my back and juggle a ROCK with my feet, passing the rock from toes to toes. Of course the rock fell and hit me smack on the mouth, giving me a fat lip. My father laughed about that for a long time and asked me why on Earth I’d think juggling a rock over my face was a good idea.

Today I was trying to get a folded up grow bag out from under a full one that was heavy with soil and a small tree growing in it. I couldn’t get it out, as it was wedged under the tree bag. I’d put it there, actually, as a wedge on purpose to shim it up since it wasn’t level. But now I’d run out of that small size grow bag that was under the tree and I wanted to get it back to use it.

Well, I couldn’t get it out, so my daughter offered to lift the tree bag up. I didn’t expect her to be able to lift it very high, so I gave it a very big yank when she tugged at the tree bag. You guessed it, I flew backwards. And with such force that I actually tumbled down a small slope!

It was hilariously acrobatic. My daughter said it looked like part of a dance I’d done on purpose. LOL! I laughed so hard every time I thought about how silly that was. The slope is very small and the rest of that part of the yard is flat. How did I manage to fall down a rather nonexistent hill in such a spectacular tumble? I actually rolled about three times before stopping only a few feet from where I fell backward.

I will tell my husband about this and the thought of this happening to me will amuse him for weeks. He will probably want me to show him where it happened, as he will be baffled about how I could have tumbled down a “hill”. I don’t know. It’s because I’m “Fred”. LOL!

What is fun?

Watch this oil painting of my son jumping in leaves come to life in 48 seconds (time lapse)

You might remember when I shared this painting previously here on the blog, I asked the question “What do people say about you?” It was one of my longer blog posts, about why we shouldn’t let criticism or praise influence us too much, that we can be distracted from our purpose and our own voice. Today, I was reminded of this painting because it is autumn and the painting is about the fun of jumping into a pile of leaves.

Most people reach an age when it’s not physically fun anymore to jump into a pile of leaves. It still looks fun when we see children doing it, doesn’t it? We may be willing to rake leaves into a big pile just to see children jump into it, laughing, and playing.

But, we probably don’t want to do much jumping into piles of leaves ourselves. So what DO we think is fun? What is fun? According to the online dictionary Merriam-Webster, “fun” is a verb: to indulge in banter or play, and “fun” is also an adjective: providing entertainment, amusement, or enjoyment. We might describe this as “what makes us laugh”.

We may not laugh while running and jumping into leaves, but we’ll laugh when someone else does it. We’ll laugh when we hear a funny joke, or when caught by surprise by witnessing something silly. A milder form of fun may be entertaining, like doing a project we enjoy, or listening to our favorite music.

Maybe we have fun dancing, cooking, and visiting with family or friends. Maybe we feel so positive after a job well done that we actually think that work is fun, especially the kind of work that benefits us personally, such as renovating a home or organizing our living space. Perhaps we love how it feels to surprise others with a generous or kind act, and we think that giving our time, energy, or money to others is “fun”.

Fun is the carefree, wild playfulness of a child jumping into leaves- a type of energy that creates a strong, healthy, happy life. May we find ways to have fun. Joyful living elevates ourselves and all those around us.