#198: Who Took the Fun Out of Life?
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
A few evenings ago I watched a young boy, perhaps 4 years old, at a restaurant. He had such a fun time with everything he did, especially when he ordered a cheeseburger without the cheese.
"So you want a hamburger?" the waitress asked.
"No," he giggled, "I want a cheeseburger without the cheese," and he burst out laughing. "Pleeeeaaassseee," he quickly added.
The server and those seated nearby also burst out with smiles and laughter.
As I watched this young man, I noticed that he enjoyed absolutely everything about being in the restaurant -- the balloon he was given, the coloring book and crayons, the French fries that he marched like soldiers through the ketchup.
But it was the look of pure fun on his face that made the night special.
Then I began to wonder -- who took the fun out of our lives?
If we, as adults, were to order a cheeseburger without the cheese, the server would likely think we were bring smart-alecky. So why is it a cute event when a youngster does it but an act of immaturity if done by an adult?
And, if we, as adults, were to ask for a balloon and coloring book? Better call out the straitjackets and take us away for we would be viewed as abnormal.
How many times do you walk past plants outside of a business and reach out to touch the leaves, simply to feel their texture and marvel at their color?
How much time do you spend in your yard watching the clouds pass by? Or any of the other things we did as children to pleasantly while away the hours?
No, can't do those things now. We're adults. We're grown up. People will think we are immature and acting silly and not acting our age if we do silly things.
So sad when you think about it, isn't it? Random moments for fun run through our daily lives and we refuse to take advantage of them because of what other people might think.
Well, I do reach out to stroke the plants and still sit outside to watch the clouds and even play chase with the dogs. Pure, innocent enjoyable times. I refuse to let others take the fun out of my life. Even it is watching the world through the eyes of a four year old.
How about you?