Storytime: While driving to a photoshoot, Girl Scout Cookies came up. We began cheerfully debating which kind was best. (Spoiler - Tagalongs.) It was nonsense, of course, but something to pass the time.
Then a member of the party burst out "This is ridiculous! We should be talking about Art and Photography, not cookies! I wait to tell my friends how I had to listen to this!" He then rattled off several 'big name' photographers, disparaging the car for being so invested in cookies instead of being 'educated.'
And the conversation pretty much died.
There was a struggle to come up with some kind of WORTHY discussion. A sense of shame hung over us for having such a silly debate.
But why should we have felt bad?
What's wrong with silly?
Here's the truth - If we try to put great PHILOSOPHICAL WEIGHT and MEANING behind every conversation, they would crack under the weight. We would crumble. We would soon fear to say or do anything, under those standards. And that would be the real shame.
Photos, memories, they do not just come from the BIG IDEAS. They come from the little things too. They come laughter, joy, the friendships we build over favorite hobbies and TV shows. We are silly and human and we love to laugh. A sense of humor is air, life. The ability to realize it's all nonsense so enjoy the cookies.
Here's to being silly!