Though I already find bananas perfectly fun, simply because they’re actually a berry, the informal definition of “bananas” is one who is “insane or extremely silly.” What I adore about definitions like this is that they are hopelessly broad in scope. There’s certainly more of a spectrum between extremely silly and totally insane, but this isn’t provided in the explanation. I would imagine, like most things, the difference depends on a person’s perception. I’ve been extremely silly on many occasions and I’m quite sure that some of the more serious people present during those moments would denote me as certifiably insane. I love to play and do things that aren’t always in the expected way. This has gotten me into trouble in various interactions with mixed company. But, admittedly, I often do it on purpose to judge such company and find my people. Those others who are bananas as well. They are way more fun to be around than the normal lot and so I’ve always gravitated to people like that. The kind who spend so much time enjoying life, they get the luxury of even surviving the serious bits with joy and fun.
One time when I was in college, I was performing in a show at a local theatre, where we’d rehearse every evening as well as on Saturday. After a Friday evening rehearsal ended early, a couple of the cast members wanted to go out for a drink afterward. I suggested they just come to my place and we could hang out there, have some laughs and drinks, sleep for a few hours, and then all ride together back to rehearsal in the morning. The obvious flaw in my plan was that my friends didn’t have a change of clothes and since one was female, mine probably wouldn’t do. So I said we could just stop by the store on the way and pick something up for them to wear. An admittedly dumb idea, but when you’re with your people, none of that matters. They just said, “Awesome!” and we ended up at a Hypermart, Walmart’s now-defunct gigantic demonstrator store that combined everything you’d ever need in life under one roof. Once inside, we each bought a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt for the next day. In a last moment act of brilliance we decided to make them all match.
It was insanely fun and though, yes, at bit bananas, we had a fabulous evening and headed back to rehearsal the next day in our matching party outfits. This day was a dance rehearsal, so showing up in sweatpants was perfectly fine. And the other cast members who had turned us down were feeling a bit left out of the fun. Throughout the morning, however, the choreographer simply took us through all of the steps without once mentioning our oddly similar attire. After four hours of dancing we broke for lunch and our dance coach suddenly exclaimed, “Wait, are you all wearing the same clothes?” This brought the entire cast to fits of laughter and tears as she had manage to notice every flaw in our dance moves without once noticing the obvious. We had always thought she was a bit crazy, but this somehow confirmed it. Sure, we were the ones dressed alike, but in that moment, she was insane and we were just extremely silly. So, it seems, it’s really just a matter of perspective, but life is certainly a lot more fun when you choose to spend a bit of it going bananas.
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