Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Perjinkities

Perjinkities (pur-JINK-i-teez) n. Those little fuzzy balls hanging off of cheap sombreros.

Look at me!! I can sew!
I am really proud of this skirt I made for a little girl we know. I feel like a real sew-er...errr, seamstress. I'm making one for my girls as well, but theirs will have equally cool ORANGE ric-rac lining the bottom instead of lime green perjinkities. I've been really into orange and green lately.

The thing is, you've probably never heard of perjinkities. You've seen them, you know what they are, but the name for them has only been around for about 10 years. It came out of a game of Balderdash, which the gang played up at Westmont one night in the early 90's. It was yet another night of laughing and hilarity at lord knows what....how come we don't laugh like that anymore? I think I just haven't made aquaintences in my adult life as silly as the friends I grew up with, and like a drug, I sometimes long for a few minutes of those days so bad I can almost taste it.

Well, I tried to look up perjinkities in the dictionary and it isn't in there, which makes it seem impossible that it was in the game. Maybe I spelled it wrong. But no matter...it's still a word to us. And isn't it ironic that everyone gets giddy when they see perjinkities, they are just so fun and cute! But to me they tap into a giddiness deep down inside me, past my grown-upness, into a place between youth and responsibility where gas was cheap enough to drive all over town doing ridiculous things almost every night of the week, filling our backpacks with laughter. Ohhh, the addictive taste of laughter...

4 comments:

jessi said...

this post made me smile and made me sad. what is it about growing older that makes us laugh left? or maybe its just that we don't feel as carefree when we do laugh...

Renae said...

We had some "perjinkity" white curtains in my room growing up, and a few times over the years I've wished I still had them around.

And recently I saw an idea in a decorating magazine that I've been letting brew for a few weeks... a set of window treatments that were a light tan burlap-y material with black, um, "perjinkities."

Years ago, Clay nixed the idea of buying some of those white curtains, but the tan/black combo could be a more "grown-up"-ish compromise. Besides, he's decided over the years some some things (like home decorating) don't necessarily require group decision-making... his family likes to analyze *everything* so this was a big step for him!

I love the idea of the bright lime or orange for skirt trim... whimsy! fun!

Michelle said...

The only thing cuter than that skirt, is Opal in that skirt!

katetreick said...

OH, you bring back all the fun of being young in SB with the crazy group we all grew up with....thank you! :) I am LOVING your blog...it's hilarious and I can totally hear you.