“Long shadows crept across the ground.”

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Examples of Silly Stories

If you were told to choose three items from the nine items above—plus the phrase “Long shadows crept across the ground”—might you create stories like these?

WOMAN, PIANO, TIPI — PLUS “LONG SHADOWS CREPT ACROSS THE GROUND”

There once was a world-famous WOMAN who played the PIANO in concert halls around the world. But her neck sometimes got tense. So she had an arrangement that when she was in town, as evening approached and LONG SHADOWS CREPT ACROSS THE GROUND, that she would go to the home of a native American who lived in a TIPI and applied a special salve that always made her feel better.

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FIREWORKS, ROLLER SKATES. OUCH! — PLUS “LONG SHADOWS CREPT ACROSS THE GROUND”

Jenny and Jeremy always loved the FIREWORKS on the Fourth of July. So they put on their ROLLER SKATES and set out for the park. As LONG SHADOWS CREPT ACROSS THE GROUND, someone standing nearby offered them some sparklers. Jenny said they didn’t look safe. Unfortunately, Jeremy thought it would be fun, but didn’t know how to light them. So when he burned his hand, he said OUCH! And that was the last time he played with fireworks.

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GIRAFFE, LEANING TOWER OF PISA, BANANAS — PLUS “LONG SHADOWS CREPT ACROSS THE GROUND”

Once upon a time, a GIRAFFE lived in the zoo near the LEANING TOWER OF PISA. He was an especially talented GIRAFFE, for he knew how to get out of his cage at night. So when LONG SHADOWS CREPT ACROSS THE GROUND, he knew it wasn’t long before the zoo closed and he could sneak over to the LEAVING TOWER OF PISA, which he especially admired because it always looked like it would fall over at any time. Then, he went to the closed stall of a man who liked giraffes and always left some BANANAS out for him to eat. After he had eaten the BANANAS, he went back to the zoo.

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Here are two more that demonstrate silly stories can be created from lots of very different things.

THERE IS A FINE LINE

  • Toyota
  • Chocolate
  • Dog

A DOG wanted to have some CHOCOLATE and thought he would take the family’s TOYOTA and drive to the store, but found he couldn’t do it. His legs were long enough to reach the pedals and he discovered THERE IS A FINE LINE between wanting to do something and actually being able to do it.

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THEIR CAR GOT STUCK IN TRAFFIC

  • Alert
  • Lyrics
  • Al Jolson
  • Terrible

When Veronica and Archie had their 70th wedding anniversary, they were asked to what they attributed their long and happy marriage. They both said that it was because they each allowed the other to do whatever was best for that person. They didn’t demand the other like everything they liked or do everything they did.

It is interesting that they both remembered when they discovered this about themselves.

It was when they were first dating in 1935.

Veronica loved popular music and knew the LYRICS to every song on the radio. She was particularly fond of AL JOLSON, a singer, comedian, actor and vaudevillian. So Archie bought tickets to an outdoor theatre showcasing the singer. He decided it was just the thing to impress his girlfriend.

She was thrilled and suggested they bring a picnic basket and sit on the grass near the stage.

Unfortunately, a few miles from the show, their car got stuck in traffic and they sat there for a very long time. They had been listening to music on the car radio when an announcer interrupted the program to announce a major traffic ALERT.

It seems that three cars going to the concert got into an accident and there was a chain reaction involving dozens of cars. They knew they would miss the show.

Archie thought Veronica would feel TERRIBLE. But she suggested they pull over to the side of the road, spread out their blanket on the grass, and eat their lunch right there.

That’s when they first talked about the things they liked and didn’t like to do — and that being honest was a quality they both admired. That gave Archie the courage to admit he didn’t really like big crowds, which would be the case that day at a sold out concert, although he did like the LYRICS of the songs Al Jolson popularized.

Veronica admired Archie for being willing to take her to a show even though he wouldn’t enjoy it nearly as much as she would.

That is when he decided, right there on the grass by the side of the road, to ask her to marry him. She said yes and 70 years later they each were still doing their own thing—while sharing a life together.

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This game was created by Evita Valero, Conceirge Director at Villa Gardens, her daughter, Andrea Edoria, a Paralegal, and Arlene Harder, MA, MFT, Resident of Villa Gardens.