Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "It is a happy talent to know how to play." These are wise words that I have adopted. So, for today's Confession Friday I confess - I like having fun. No, let me rephrase that - I LOVE having fun! Yes, terrible, isn't it? I am a fun addict. I want to have fun every single, solitary day of my life.
Fun comes in many forms and can vary from day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute. Fun can be quiet and calm and I have that a lot. But I prefer the type of fun that makes you squeal with delight, throw your head back and guffaw, laugh till you pee your pants, squirt Coke through your nose, and your stomach muscles ache. And that, generally, comes from spending time with other women. Women have a separate form of communication, a "sisterhood", if you will. Actually, "gals" is a better word than "women". "Women" denotes maturity, and even though I am all for maturity in its proper setting, "gals" just sounds more fun and relaxed. Not that spending time with men isn't fun, but let's face it, men THINK they are in the loop, but any woman knows that men just don't have a clue about what makes us tick.
These days when I look into the mirror I don't recognize the face that stares back at me. What is crazy is that even though I am almost 58 years old, I don't feel that old. I am a member of what I call the WOBBs - Women of the Baby Boomers. We are truly the first generation that refuses to grow old. We buy face creams to ward off wrinkles, we workout, we go white water rafting, we dress younger than our mothers and grandmothers did when they were our age. Case in point, I am buying myself knee high boots, leggings and an above-the-knee dress for one of my fall/winter outfits this year. My grandmother is probably rolling over in her grave as I write this! I, for one, plan to be the old woman in the nursing home commons area that yells "LOUDER" when Hotel California by the Eagles comes on the radio. Cyndi Lauper was right. Girls just want to have fun and I am no exception. Life is way too short. If you have ever seen the video of Cyndi's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", just put my face over hers. Just for fun, imagine it as you watch. And, oh, by the way, dig the hairstyles!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpbs3NlhpxE The best line of the whole song is "I wanna be the one to walk in the sun." Words to live by!
Which brings me to what is about to occur today - I am embarking on a 10 day adventure with no men. Let me repeat that - NO MEN! Only my daughter and granddaughter (the two grandsons are too young to count as men) and two of my sisters. Ten glorious days -count them - TEN - of doing first whatever my daughter and I want, and then later in the week doing the same with my sisters. Whatever we want to eat, whenever we want to eat, going where and when we want. Ten days of shopping to our hearts' content, scrapbooking, going to thrift stores and yardsales, watching movies, taking art classes, celebrating Christmas (yes, Christmas), talking and laughing, LOTS and LOTS of laughing. I know all you "gals" out there are envious and all the guys are scratching their heads thinking, "I just don't get it." But you know, guys, sometimes we gals just NEED it.
I love this quote: "Unless each day can be looked back upon by an individual as one in which he had some fun, some joy, some real satisfaction, that day is a loss." ~ anonymous
Now, go have some fun!