Dancing For Joy

It had been a rough morning. Hey – it happens. I don’t believe in denying the feeling – but of course, it’s not a place we should camp out forever! So, I have a few tools for dealing with days like this:

  • Cry
  • Shout
  • Text a friend
  • Whine
  • Wine
  • Clean
  • Watch Bad TV
  • Tell my poor hubby AHHHLLLLLLLL about it

Or dance. Where ever I am – when one of my songs comes on I jam. The car is my preferred place – but it can be the kitchen. Target. Home Depot. The garage – you get the jist.

And it’s bad.  It is SO SO bad.

I am the worst dancer – i mean the very worst.

I think I am missing the little internal gears that make a body twist and wiggle the way it needs to in order to shimmy and shake.

Seriously – I’ve had lessons from all kids of people who have – I kid you not – given up on me. Walked away!

Even drunk people will not dance with me twice. 

It’s bad. But – I love to do it (which might be very sad!) and sometimes I dance till I feel better.

So I was sitting at a stoplight feeling all crappy and sad when an old Shania Twain song came on the radio. This song is even more special because it has a fabulous place in our family history where someone was once caught by his sisters lip syncing it complete with a hairbrush and choreography.

That memory made me smile. Then just like that I was singing along. Louder and louder. Then the head bobbing. (Ha! I first typed boobing and almost didn’t catch it! – Sorry – random note… Carry on!)

Pretty soon I was grooving SO HARD!

Out of my peripheral vision I realized I was being watched and I glanced over to see an old man in a beat up work truck with his windows down watching me. He quickly looked away – embarrassed for me I imagine. And come on – I mean it’s better than being caught picking my nose, but still made me blush and almost, almost made me stop…

But then I remembered why I was dancing. Because I did not FEEL like dancing. But I needed to change the way I was feeling… so…..

I rolled down my window.I didn’t speak to him, I just kept sining, poorly. Off-key. And dancing my little heart out.

He turned to look at me just as I pronounced my intention to “color my hair and do what I dare…”

I was smiling, looking in his wrinkled face and surprised eyes.

I kept singing, finally nodding at him and pointing my finger toward him.

He grinned back, gave a stiff little shuffle-head bop not much better than mine but – ok so it was better than mine – and just as the light turned green we moved forward and he leaned over to yell out the window…

I was totally excited to hear what he would say! “You go girl!” “You made my day” “You sure are a woman!” Even, “What’s your number” (He was like 100 years old y’all don’t worry.)

I leaned forward and, as he smoothly sailed by me I heard… “loco…”

Not what I was exactly hoping for… But hey! He was smiling! And so was I.






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living an adventure dreams are made of!! traveling the world with mishaps built in! why?? well, u have to read more to find that out silly :)
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2 Responses to Dancing For Joy

  1. shauna says:

    Made my night girlfriend! (And you are not alone …)

  2. Melody says:

    Love it! For some reason the old saying comes to mind….. When life hands you a lemon…make some lemonade! You did it with a smile and a head bop! 🙂

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