Charades…Such Is Life…


Hey! Welcome to 52 weeks until I’m 50 years old! Actually it’s now 47 weeks! If you are new to my blog, below are other subjects I’ve pondered and written about. Some may resonate with you or at least give you a chuckle. If you are counting down with me, thank you and let me know how I’m doing!

I’ve always been fortunate to be told I have a great memory. I remember details about others, their families, stories and of course the thousands of things I’ve promised never to tell! I file them in a secret box way in the back of my memory bank. That’s the only bank I have that’s almost full of deposits!  I’ve never really understood why folks used the analogy of having a memory as good as an elephant but learned recently that elephants follow the same paths and even hand down genetic memories. So there it is.

Back to the memory thing…I’m acutely aware that I’m getting older by the moment through this countdown and I’ve recently noticed that I’m playing the charade game a lot! Remember that game? It’s a word guessing game. A team member has a limited period of time in which to convey the secret phrase to the guesser by pantomime. Remember what a pantomime is? The telling of a story without words, by means of bodily movements, gestures, and facial expressions. I can do that no problem! When I hear something, it’s rare not to know what I’m thinking right away from my expressions. I wear my thoughts totally on my face, not on my sleeve. I can never figure out how someone actually wears a heart on a sleeve but back to my expressions. I usually have some goofy eyebrow movements or the well-known eye roll that I have perfected over many years and was my signature move when I was in my teens. I know you probably have perfected that as well. My Mom still makes me do the roll for her and bat my lashes once in a while for a good laugh.

Back to charades.

What’s that word? Who’s that singer? Where’s that place we like? What’s that place called? Remember that chick? Oh man, remember that time we…? Is it just me or do you find yourself asking those questions constantly now? Maybe first to yourself and then out loud to others? The other night I am standing with a group of friends at an event and I start telling a story. And then I start to smile. I have this silly feeling inside. You know, the one when you know you are going to blow a story! I realize halfway through that I can’t recall the place we went and now I’m hitting my fingers against the high top, using my silly expression to show that I’m totally lost and I start sounding it out! The others with me start guessing. I don’t have a board to draw on. I can see it in my head but I can’t make it fly off the tip of my tongue! My friends all start chiming in, start asking questions, screaming out names, places, pointing, laughing, now they’re tapping the table, asking others around them… and finally, someone guesses it! There I am jumping up and down like an idiot touching my nose and saying “ding, ding, ding! Yes!!!! That’s it!” I’m hysterical and at the top of my lungs I am saying “ding, ding, ding!” Can you just picture it? And the laughter erupts! My life has become moments of pantomiming and charades! Better yet, I find myself constantly using that phrase from the Looney Toons cartoon,  ”ba-dee aba-dee a-ba-dee, that’s all folks! That’s all I can remember! And more laughter comes as that’s become a closing line for me when I say goodbye to friends on the phone!

I’m thinking I need to carry around a sketch pad now to make sure that I’m prepared to play Pictionary at any moment. It won’t be that easy. I’m a much better performer than an artist. Who knows, you may have to be on the other end of my team guessing what the heck I’m trying to tell you at some point. Remember, this is coming from the girl who may actually create the “Depends Thong” because she’s constantly in a state of giggle. And, we may laugh so hard trying to figure out what I’m saying that we just may lose bladder control! See an earlier blog below for that story!

Next time you are trying to figure out where you were, what that place was called or who you were with…Yup…you’ll get me and you will have to crack a grin because your life may also have become…just like mine…a pantomime! And soon you will be using the line… ”ba-dee aba-dee a-ba-dee, that’s all folks!

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