Last week I had the pleasure of going out to brunch with my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. K, my granddaughter, is 15and1/2. Her parents are teaching her the rudiments of driving. When she turns 16 in the Spring she will be taking the driving course. We had a fun conversation about K becoming a licensed driver and her dream car. She happily said she would drive me around anytime, anywhere.
K’s dream car is a bubble gum pink Punch Buggy. Those words conjured up the most delightful image. We designed the interior decor. Then we discussed wearing appropriate outfits that would create a total ambience of chic, maybe even sassy. All of this painted the backdrop for K and Lillian’s great road adventure. Date TBD. Stay tuned.
I added an historical note to our conversation. When K and I spent time together, one of her favorite things was for me to tell her stories from my youth and early adulthood. One memoir never surfaced as it was not noteworthy until today. Years ago when I was teaching school in Vermont, I rode to work every day with my friend in her Classic Red Bug. VW Beetles were rather commonplace back then. Punch Buggies are now very cool. Once again, what’s old is new.
Just in case you are unfamiliar with the term, Punch Buggy, it is a car game. The simplest form is passengers watch for VW beetles on the road. If someone sees one they say “Punch Buggy. No punch backs,” as they gently (you hope) punch the other person in the arm. It is important to say, “No punch backs,” or they risk getting a return punch. Believe it or not, there are several ways to play this game with all sorts of rules. You’d can go on line to learn more if you were at all interested or just curious.
What I loved about our conversation was a reminder of how much fun and joy imagining, creating and playfulness infused with whimsy can elicit.
Why not make cheerfulness, outrageousness, playfulness a new priority for yourself? Make feeling good your expectation. You don't have to have a reason to feel good - you're alive; you can feel good for no reason at all! Tony Robbins