Can we take ourselves a little less seriously today?
Lately I’ve been writing and writing and thinking and then writing some more. Working on word choice. Polishing things up. Trying out new things. Wrestling with big thoughts. That’s cool. It’s part of the process.
Remember when we were just making up silly stories for our kids? Yeah, there was one about a house that defended its people against a monster. And another one about the politest pirates on the seven seas.
I think I need a few more super ducks in my life.
My husband, the world’s most serious man, is actually responsible for reminding me to lighten up this week. He did it by telling my daughter a story.
Once upon a time there was a Mexican turkey named Felipe. He lived in Mexico his whole life and never travelled to the United States because he heard that people eat turkeys here. But one day, he got a chance to take a vacation across the border and he couldn’t resist. He was having a great time until he realized it was November, the worst time to be a turkey in the United States! Suddenly, he was in danger of being eaten! He ran to the other turkeys and they took him to the turkey cave, where turkeys go to hide out until Thanksgiving is over. He stayed in the turkey cave until the coast was clear. Then he went straight back to Mexico and never came to the United States again.
Yep, that’s the whole story. It took about five minutes to tell, with whatever tiny bit of energy he had left over at the end of a long work day. But you guys, she thought it was hilarious. She has told it at least three times to different people since then. Only she gets the name wrong and calls him Felipo instead, which really just makes the whole thing even better.
What do you think? Are you feeling inspired? If I can doodle a brown blob and call it a turkey, you could make up a story like that. You know you could.
Let’s tell stories today and not worry if they aren’t masterpieces, okay? Heck, they don’t even have to make sense.
I mean, they probably eat turkey in Mexico, too. Just don’t tell Felipo.