Dance me a time step!

When my kids were little, and school was out, and we were indoors for a few days straight due to rain, everyone would start to feel a little bit trapped. Especially if we were looking at 4 or 5 days of rain on a non-pay week, where there wasn’t much money, entertainment and escapism were at a minimum. Even getting to the parks was out.

Like I said, we would feel a little bit trapped.

So, in order to move the day along, and at least keep the kids on their toes, I would arbitrarily declare a room “off-limits” except for those singing or dancing or skipping.

For example, if I had declared the kitchen a “singing only day” the kids would have to – if they dared traipse into the kitchen – sing their way through it. And if they needed something – like water, or you know…lunch – they’d have to tra-la their request.

I remember once, poor Elder Son, parched from running around the basement coming upstairs and asking for water.

I furrowed my brow. “What room are you in?” I sang.

Accustomed to stupid questions from me, he said, “it’s the kitchen!”

“Is it just the kitchen, today?” I jumped an octave.

Exasperated and rolling his eyes, Elder Son sighed and belted out, “Moooooom, can I have a drink of waaaater?”

Why yes, yes he could.

Other times I might declare that anyone going through the hallway and foyer would have to dance through. I still have fond memories of Buster, about age 6, trying to do a time-step and move forward simultaneously, then attempting to immediately sing his way through the kitchen.

The point is…I can’t look at any more news, today. It’s just making me sick. And I know from my email that it’s making you guys sick, too. And I don’t feel like doing some Lenten thing right now. Yeah, I know, Faith, God, Optimism – I like all of that, and I believe in all of it. But just this second, I don’t feel like praying, either.

I’ll do all of that later tonight and tomorrow, but for this afternoon, I just want to think about something else. I want to declare this a “dancing only” room, or a “singing-only” room. I want to skip into tomorrow.

Sometimes, when you are feeling trapped, there really isn’t much you can do about it but this:


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  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    That sounds like an episode of Love, American Style (“Love and the Singing Suitor,” I think), where this guy lives his life as if it were a big musical.

  • culperjr.

    A fine idea, Anchoress! My wife and I have decided that, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. To that end, I have scoured and other sources for copies of ever Fred and Ginger musical, Marx Brother film and Errol Flynn movie ever made. If we are going to have a depression, we are going to kick it Old School. Who knows, I may even start skewering cigar butts on toothpicks and singing “Pennies From Heaven”.

    At least the last depression had a certain style and panache.

  • Judith L

    I decided that if O won the election, I would knit. Election night I taught myself about 5 new lace patterns. I’ve finished more projects since Nov. 4 than I had in the year previously–and I’m supporting a local small business, my local knit shop.

  • Barbara

    I’m feeling the same as you, A. Sigh.

    What a great idea, Judith L. Hubby and I are constantly discussing how to weather this time. Your idea gives me another one!

  • Kdaunt

    Best advice I’ve heard yet! I could use a break, and the idea of my family having to sing or dance through the house would certainly be a distraction.

  • Mary in CO

    Excellent idea, Judith. You can “snowflake” the earnings to pay down debts (and buy more wool, of course!).

    Anchoress, I swear I love to do that Shirley Temple time step as a kidlet, singing “ne ner ne ner, ne ner ne…”.

    I wonder if there will be a “theme song” for this go ’round. Any suggestions?

  • culperjr.

    “Brother, Can You Spare A Trillion?” doesn’t quite do it, eh?

  • alice

    We are feeling the same way at our house. To that end hubby and I watched TWO movies (DVD) today. Hubby usually doesn’t even care much for movies. It was refreshing to be in fantasy land for a bit. The real world is too much with us.

  • Judith L

    Evidently, some women have the same idea I have. Whether it is a conscious decision or an unconscious reaction to all the societal stress, I have no way of knowing. But when I stopped by my local yarn shop this afternoon, I was told that they are having many requests for knitting lessons. And if charities are going to hit as hard as is feared, knitters can contribute in kind.

  • joeh

    It is amazing how often a post on this wonderful blog site hits an exact mood needed to be addressed and includes some wonderful content.

    Most days it just seems like a new truckload of manure is delivered and the smell is getting unbearable. I guess that is why he has the initials BO.

    Thanks for this post.

  • Robert S

    Thank you!

  • Russ

    Just remember these few things when the world gets hard to look at:(I know that you know this):-)
    1. God loves us.
    2. He promises to never leave or forsake us.
    3. He prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies; (one of my favorite promises)
    4. Mat 7:11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
    5. Check the end of the story…We win!
    6. When all else fails… refer to rule number one.

    Just think about that…God loves us! That makes even my two left feet want to dance.

    Father, bless all who enter this place with joy that surpasses understanding.

  • Susan in Seattle