At first, I had no idea how to take a spring prompt of “worms” and convert it into an edible treat. But while visiting an ice cream place at lunch, one of my coworkers had the solution. I ordered my usual, boring to some, scoop of vanilla on a simple cake cone. My coworker had ordered first and was still waiting to receive his, so I asked what he’d chosen. He said, “Oh, you’ll see” in that way that someone sounds when they’re infinitely sure they’ve made the better choice. When the lovely lady behind the counter handed him a cup, I looked down at it and sputtered, “Oh gross… what the hell is that?” He looked at me incredulously and said, “dirt and worms” as though I should have already been aware of such amazing cuisine. Apparently, you pulverize some Oreo cookies to make some dirt which you put over ice cream or a Cool Whip/pudding mixture and then sprinkle gummi worms on top. The end result looks wonderfully ridiculous, and I was secretly jealous that he had managed to get an even more childlike dessert than I had.
This sort of fun food makes me smile. I don’t actually care for most of the ingredients here, but I certainly appreciate the creativity. As a kid, these types of treats were always a happy thing to receive. My mom used to cut and boil hot dogs in a way that turned them into little men. Even when I was a teenager, I remember still requesting them. The idea that we become too old to enjoy silly things has never really stuck with me. I think as I get older, I even get a bit sillier. Why wouldn’t I? I’ve lived long enough to realize just how ridiculous life can be sometimes and that knowledge only leaves two options. To laugh or cry. Of course, laughter is the only choice and keeping that childlike spirit alive the only thing that keeps me going some days. Even if the idea of eating soil isn’t appetizing, the sheer thought of doing something a bit naughty has always appealed. Nothing horrible, just little things that remind you that rules are made to be broken. And that breaking them is a hell of a lot of fun!
So when it comes to whatever creative pursuit you choose in life. Remember as you learn your craft to always imagine what a child might do next. And feel free to break some rules. It’s the best way to discover things that would never have been found. It’s a way to unlock that super cool creativity that resides in all of us. There are “proper” ways to do most things, but those ways always yield the same results. If you want something new to happen, you have to bend and often break those rules and come up with your own way of approaching things. Combining the weirdest elements, to come up with something fun and new. I often miss those wonderful days of childhood, but doing creative things each and every day always keep me feeling youthful and alive. Things that the other more grown up people around me might not imagine doing, like eating dirt and worms.
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