Zinky walendi kampalllini gerrykebabit.
Welcome to Silly Town!
Have you ever visited Silly Town? No? Let me tell you about it! There are unicorns and flying pigs and more sweeties than you could reasonably eat without getting a tummy ache. What doesn’t make sense in the real world makes perfect sense in Silly Town. And the language, the vocabulary- the sky and your imagination is your limit!
C loves Silly Town. It’s her imagination hotpot, that spills out into games with M, debates with me in its foreign tongue and written works (I’ve got at least a couple of illustrated stories about Silly Town). Sometimes she uses it to justify behaviour that doesn’t fly in our reality, and it’s only then that I tell her to come back down to Earth.
My sister and I cooked up many an own-titled imaginative game as kids and I really enjoyed them….’hospital’, where you made casts for your dolls’ broken legs; ‘Christina and Cazzie’s house,’ a game charting the adventures of two cool sisters; ‘house boat,’ where we loaded a blanket with our best possessions and went travelling down rivers in our house; and of course ‘Red Zayee,’ where regularly outsmarted and escaped the clutches of none other than the infamous Red Zayee. So I embrace Silly Town shenanigans.
While this is often a world for C and M, C will sometimes talk with me in Silly Town tongue and I oblige. We’ve got a knack for actually communicating while talking nonsense and we have fun with it.
Unfortunately on two recent occasions C hit me up with some Silly Town talk out in the public eye. Once in front of our wider family, who I think just thought we were mad and didn’t really play along. Then once when out to lunch with a group of friends, some of whom were friends of friends and I believe actually thought we were talking a genuine far flung dialect until I set them straight. I guess I didn’t need to play along in either moment, but I didn’t really see the harm. Though after the second time I suggested to C that Silly Town talk is probably best a game we play at home, like our family beat downs!
Do you embrace the Silly Town spirit in your homes?