Want to know what g-strings and fireflies have in common?
A conversation on the way back from the liquor store. It’s nighttime.
HE: Do you think ants would run around at night if they had headlights?
ME: You mean like fireflies?
HE: Nooooo!!! On their antennae.
ME: Where do fireflies have their headlights?
HE: Fireflies have the light on their butt.
ME: Oh. So it’s a buttlight. Why is it on the butt?
HE: To attract other insects.
ME: You mean the function of the buttlight is to attract others? It’s just like the function of the g-string.
But nonsense aside, I was just thinking, as I was reliving this conversation and writing it down while still fresh in my head, how much I need nonsense in my life. People make too much sense, it’s boring, it’s … (feel free to fill in the blank)… Well, I can think of a word – utilitarian. My sister, for instance, is a terribly utilitarian speaker; she never makes me laugh, ever! Utilitarian language looses me quickly. I have a very short attention span – I believe that’s a condition of sorts – but I can do nonsense talk for hours. And I’m happy I have someone in my life who likes to make nonsense with me. I have to tell you in my life I’ve encountered people who were extremely adverse to nonsense-making and, as you can imagine, we never had a long history, because I’m a nonsense maker.
That’s all I wanted to say today. If there’s anything I’m grateful for, it’s nonsense-lover HE.