You’re a good man, Charlie Brown

“When in doubt, make a fool of yourself.  There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth.  So what the hell, leap.”  ~Cynthia Heimel, “Lower Manhattan Survival Tactics”

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My funny son.  Today, he has nicknamed his sister and her friend “Loud and Louder”. 

And I have to say, I completely agree.  Except I might even go one step further and call them “Louder and Loudest”. 

I realize they were only trying to have some fun, driving the Barbie car around the house, through the kitchen, through the computer room (right behind my noise sensitive child, no less), through the foyer…hollering all the while.  Literally hollering.  It’s no exaggeration.  Who am I to try and stop a little 9-year-old girl fun?? Who am I to stop Barbie and her friends from driving right under my feet while I am slaving away over the post-sleepover pancakes and turkey bacon?  But then Jacob comes off with the Loud and Louder comment and all I could do was laugh.  Oh the things my kids say.

This afternoon, Emma and I went to a birthday party for one of the boys in her class.  It was held at the boy’s church and there were gobs of people there…kids and adults.  Emma had asked me if I was going to stay at the party.  I think she was very afraid that she would be the only girl there.  We are getting to “that age”, after all.  I told her I would stay if she really wanted me to.  (She did.)  Turns out there was only one other girl from their class there and the others were boys from their class and some other friends of the boy.  The other little girl’s mom decided to stick around too.  They were going to play kickball, eat pizza and cake (when have I ever turned down cake??) and do presents, etc.  When they were picking teams for the kickball game, the birthday boy’s mom asked if I was going to play.  I said sure, why not.  What’s a little humiliation among a bunch of 9 and 10 yr olds?  No biggie. 

Keep in mind, I have not played kickball since I was probably in the 6th grade.  That was a little while ago.  And I don’t know about all of y’all, but I have some pretty scarring kickball memories from back in the day.  It’s like one of those recurring nightmares where you get up to kick and you totally miss the ball altogether and end up flat on your back (a la Charlie Brown—Aaaaarrrrrrgh!  Good grief! Darn you, Lucy!!) or you suddenly look down and realize you’re in your underwear or you are the last pick or whatever.  I was never picked first.  Yeah, I know, boo hoo, poor me.  Granted I was not very athletic.  But I was always SO nervous when it was my kick.  Oh the pressure!  It’s vastly different playing kickball as a 38 year old woman.  All that anxiety of looking like a fool is SO over.  I am a dorky gal, and proud of it!  And that, my friends, is quite liberating.

I had a blast today.  The mom of the other little girl and I were the only moms to play.  (The birthday boy’s dad was “all time pitcher”…not a bad gig.  I forgot what a workout kickball could be!)She and I both agreed that it was so much fun.  Looking a fool and all! 

Oh to know then what I know now.  Be willing to look foolish.  Be willing to laugh at yourself.  Enjoy whatever it is you are doing in that moment.  Find the joy.  Take chances.  So what if you fall flat on your back when you take that chance.  What’s the worst thing that could happen?  Get up and laugh at yourself and get on with the business of having fun.  You never have any fun if you walk around being scared all the time–You never have any fun AND you never learn anything.  Who knew you could learn so much from a game of kickball?

I’m not sure if Charlie Brown was persistent or just plain dumb.  Actually, I think he was really a very clinically depressed individual.  But, whatever.  At least he took the chance and believed that maybe, just maybe, TODAY would be the day he would actually get to kick that ball.

 

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“Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.”  ~Author Unknown

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7 responses to “You’re a good man, Charlie Brown

  1. Tiffany

    Hey girl… I\’m getting anxious about my appt today.  But, I\’m just praying that all goes well! 
     
    I\’m VERY excited about the new vehicle.  We have lots of running around to do to get everything changed over.  I hate financing through our credit union since it\’s located in Louisianna, but they have AWESOME rates and I just can\’t pass that up. 
     
    Yes, this weather is totally ridiculous.  One day it\’s nice and this morning it\’s SNOWING!  UGH!
     
    Hugs – Tiffany

  2. Toni

    I heart Charlie Brown. We could all learn something from that poor schmuck. That birthday party sounded like so much fun. Kickball with all the adults? Cheyenne would be mortified if I played. It would be…awesome.
     
    And I think you have the most random taste in music out of anyone I know, besides myself.

  3. Nooner™

     
    Amazingly coincidental.
    That opening proverb of yours … the one beginning with ""When in doubt, make a fool of yourself…" …. That could have very easily been a good opener for my blog today too.
    It is kind of scary when you read a blog that seems to touch along the lines of what you just wrote too (i.e. looking or acting foolish).
     
    RE "Oh the things my kids say"
    Your kids sound so delightful. Always a good read here on your space when you mention them!
     
    ~Nooner~
     
     

  4. barnyardmama

    Well, I had some catching up to do.  Sounds like your kids are busy growing!  You should be proud of Jacob.  Adolesence is hard enough without moving to a new school and all that.  I changed schools when I was twelve and that was SO tough.  I didn\’t know how the kids at my new school dressed or talked.  I didn\’t know which subjects were cool or anything.  I was seriously behind in the social arena.  
     
    I think Emma looks like you with that short hair cut.
     
    KM

  5. Aimee

    proud that you participated…what agood sport you are…
    *~* :o) if you do not have a smile today… :o) I will give you one of mine… :o) *~*

  6. Sarah

    That is how I felt while ice skating the other day.  It was so fun and I\’m sure… yes I definitely looked like a fool.

  7. PJ

    That son of yours sounds like a real character.  I loved that story, good for him I say.  Don\’t you just love it when they come out with those things?  Priceless.
    I am really glad you had a good time.  I think its good to get out of our comfort zone every once in a while and just have fun with it.
    Have yourself a great week and take care. ((hugs)) Patricia

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