I've been "in love" a couple of times in my life – but never, ever, EVER like the love I feel for my husband, John Scalzi, a/k/a the Weather Muffin. And if I had to distill it down to ONE reason why (an almost impossible task), I would say it's because he has never lost his "little boyness." Oh he's a definite grown-up. He's incredibly responsible, can fix absolutely anything that breaks, keeps a watchful eye on the bank account (certainly not MY strong suit) and has powers of reason and logic far greater than mine. But oh how he loves to laugh and play and be silly. In fact, that was what attracted me to him in the first place. And he quickly became – and remains – my greatest playmate ever.
And yes, it is his predisposition to laugh and play a lot – his dad was much the same way, but I believe he is happy and playful most of the time because that's the choice he makes. A choice, by the way, that he makes consciously and frequently – even when it would be most justifiable to do otherwise.
Is there some benefit to being a playful, fun person? Well, for one thing – we like them. And you know all the statistics about the "LIKE" factor, right? We do business with people we like, we say "yes" to people we like, we actually buy more from salespeople we like. We want to marry them and have their babies! We LOVE happy, fun, playful people!!!
Here's the bottom line. Don't grow up. Just don't do it. Get a real job, pay your bills, be responsible and dependable and all those good things – but keep your "Little Kidness" ready to come out and play often – and unabashedly.
Oh, and the picture is of John as a kid doing his magic act. He LOVED performing magic then….and he still does it today. He turns grumpy people into happy ones in a flash of his smile.
Gotta run now. I want to go practice making funny faces in the mirror.
From your quite silly motivational speaker, Linda Larsen