Word-Of-the-Week #746: Lollygag

November 22, 2018 by  

Lollygag – to waste time by puttering aimlessly; dawdle.

Do you know anybody that dawdles? Do you ever lollygag? Did you see the movie Bull Durham? It is one of my all time favorite movies!

Today is Thanksgiving and the official start of the Holiday Season. A word that is always associated with it is Believe. And it brought to mind the scene where Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) is in the home of Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon). She picks one player each season for her lover. She hasn’t decided between Crash and “Nuke” Laloosh (Tim Robbins) saying that it has to do with Quantum Physics.

At that point Crash gets up and says, “I don’t believe in Quantum Physics when it comes to matters of the heart.” He then goes into a long dialogue about everything he believes in. The last line of which I can quote by memory, “I believe in long, slow, soft, deep, wet kisses that last three days.” To which Annie sighs deeply.

There are so many great lines in the movie but the one that always cracks me up is when the coach yells for all of the players to get in the shower immediately after losing their 12th game. He then says, “You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag to first base. You lollygag in and out of the dugout.” He then says, “You know what that makes you?” To which his right hand man behind him (who parrots everything he says throughout the movie) answers “A bunch of lollygaggers.”

The Holidays can be very stressful…or not. It is your choice. I believe that dawdling is a good thing. I start my holiday decorating right after Halloween. And that allows me to actually enjoy it since I am not rushing. There is no pressure when it’s done at a leisurely pace. I am thankful that I allow myself to dawdle at times. Do you?

This week’s focus is to lollygag. You do know that it’s OK to do that? How about taking some time just for you? You could even watch Bull Durham. Beware though, it is Rated R. Here’s to having less stress, enjoying the Holidays more, and being thankful everyday for all we have!

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