I like the word Folly.
Maybe because it sounds like a lot of other fun words like dolly – do kids still call their dolls, dollies?
How about golly? Can’t you just hear Gomer Pyle saying that?
And then there’s lolly, as is lollygag, which means to dawdle. Now how cool of word is that? “No lollygagging children!”
Sounds kind of whimsical, huh?
Better than, “Hurry up!”
Plus it’s the first sound in lollipop – so I like it even more.
I associate names like Holly and Molly with smiley, happy, bubbly people. How can they not be with cool names that rhyme with such fun words?
Folly means to act foolishly or lack good sense. The Bible says that folly is bound in the heart of a child.
Apple Throwing Folly
I can sure remember some folly-ish behavior. My grandma lived here in town on 7th Ave and had a huge apple tree in her yard. For some reason that I can’t imagine, I thought it would be fun to throw apples into the street.
Like dozens and dozens of them.
I believe a neighbor called my grandma to tell her what I was doing, ‘cause I’m sure she was peacefully sitting in her chair crocheting and watching, The Price is Right – blissfully unaware that her apples were rolling in the street.
My next memory of that day is walking in the street with my grandma, picking up the apples and putting them into her apron.
I also remember pulling up my grandma’s neighbor’s rhubarb and hiding it on my grandma’s basement steps. I don’t remember if that was the same day as the apple throwing incident.
I Must Have Had a Thing for Vandalizing Produce
We sometimes forget that kids act foolishly for no other reason than they’re kids. Folly is in their hearts. I honestly can’t remember any good reason for throwing apples into the street other than it was fun.
But discipline and guidance helped cure me of criminal apple throwing and rhubarb pulling.
Whipping apples into the street does sound kinda fun – maybe there’s a bit of folly left over.
It’s probably what makes me wanna push that button.
Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light.