The Silly Side of the Street

Some folks have a hard time seeing the silly behind the serious. For me it’s the opposite. I have always thought outside the box. I hope I always will. For me, laughter is what keeps me sane. It breaks the stronghold stress can have on my body, and makes friends out of enemies. Humor is the great equalizer, the universal language. My closest friends are intelligent and have a quirky sense of humor. I don’t care about social status, or wealth. Laughter is the best currency.

I feel sorry for people who go through life with a frown and I consider it my mission in life, to elicit a smile. Or, at the very least, to loosen up their frozen scowl. I remember an incident from 40 years ago when I was young, working at a gas station (full-serve in those days). A businessman walked in one afternoon, and asked if I could call him a taxi. So I said “Sure! You’re a taxi!” This caused one of us to laugh hysterically. Unfortunately, it wasn’t him. But I like to think that sometime, in those years that followed, perhaps the memory of our encounter made him smile just a little.

To quote that old song:

Grab your coat and get your hat
Leave your worries on the doorstep
Life can be so sweet
On the sunny side of the street

Replace “sunny” with “silly” and you have my theme song. If I had one wish it would be that I made you smile. A little or a lot, once or a million times. If I brought some light when your life was grim, my mission is accomplished.

In the words of a silly old bear:

“Sometimes,’ said Pooh, ‘the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
–A.A. Milne

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