I could tell you the sad story of how my computer ate this article, about the spinning circle of death, and how I had to retype it and that’s why it’s been so long since I have written, but those are excuses…on to the post.
So the Gribble family likes dance. We like to dance. We may not be good at it, but we like to do it anyway. We like to watch it on TV, we like to dance at weddings, we have even danced in church plays (crazy, dancing Baptists!) and most of all, we really like to dance in our living room, in front of our big window with no blinds or curtains.
Sometimes we dance to happy music. Sometimes, it’s sappy love songs. (Mark and I have even been known to slow dance without the kids around.) We often wonder what the neighbors think about us as they walk their dogs or jog down the street. But, we dance with reckless abandon because we just don’t care. 🙂
A few weeks ago when it seemed to rain EVERY day, therefore preventing any outside playtime, the kids needed to burn off some energy. We had been watching the TV show So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD), or as it is known in our home, The Dancing Show. So, Ty suggested we re-create The Dancing Show at our house. Great suggestion!
Ty’s musical choice was All the Single Ladies by Beyonce. (Don’t ask why…he just likes the song.) In the spirit of SYTYCD, Ty says “Cue Music” starts his routine. Being the BOY that he is, the dance had lots of Jedi and martial arts moves…much kicking and thrashing (see photo). When he gets done with his 3 minutes and 13 seconds of “dancing” he flops down, tired and sweaty and says “I’m tired now”. Ya think? We were tired from just watching (and laughing).
Lily’s turn was the more mellow Love Story by Taylor Swift. She of course being all GIRL included lots of twirling and spinning. Someone taught her to “shake her booty” (bad idea, we know!) so she was shakin’ it all over the room. NOT what you want to see your 3 year old daughter doing, but entertaining nevertheless.
We kindly suggest that they dance together for their third dance and Ty knew just what to do. He steps up, extends his left arm like a gentleman and they adorably dance together for another song. So freakin’ cute.
So, where am I going with this? Yes, we all know, I do think my kiddos are cute. That is my job as their mama. But, as I reflected on our evening I was overcome with the freedom that kids exude when they dance. It’s just beautiful and uplifting to watch. They dance without a care in the world. They don’t worry how they look, how good the dance is, what we are going to say. Life is full of lots of pressures (even for a Kindergarten kid) and to watch them dance without a care…awesome. Wouldn’t we all like to have a few minutes each day where we could be so free?
It reminds me of the old Lee Ann Womack song Dance. I love the message of the whole song, but these lines are so true:
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance. I hope you dance.
It has been an interesting couple of weeks for me personally. I have had some hills and valleys (thankfully just a few valleys). But, while in one of those valleys, I needed to see the freedom, joy, love, happiness, and giggles. I needed to be reminded to dance without a care in the world…literally and figuratively.
Thank you God, for providing us these precious children for me to care for. We often think it is our job to teach them everything but I am learning SO much more from them each and every day. Thank you for my precious little blessings.