Some joys are priceless, and all children, regardless of which cultures they hail from, learn to enjoy them.
One such joy is Vybafnout, Czech for the act of jumping out from a hiding place or from behind a wall or a door and surprising someone by saying ‘boo’.
I can remember when Vybafnout was a whole lot of fun. Sadly, in growing up, I traded Vybafnout for a frown on the forehead and a serious, long face. Not a good trade at all.
Today, my kids practice Vybafnout every chance they get.
To keep the fun quotient high, I ensure that I act suitably startled, clutching my hand to my chest and acting as if the boo has caused me to lose my equilibrium. The kids like that, even though they know I’m only kidding.
I know that, because once I was so preoccupied, I didn’t put on my act, and they told me that it is better when I act frightened out of my wits. Since then I oblige.
I hope you’re not too old to enjoy Vybafnout.