I will not write of it, I tell myself when I awaken. I will not!
Why should I? Twitter is filled with references to it. My Facebook page is littered with photos and comments about it. My eldest daughter even had to send a photo of it not being there, with her, on the coast.
I will not write of it.
Instead, I shall write of the little girl on Sunday at the Market Collective (you are invited to LIKE their page on FB) stage in the East Village who twirled and twirled and flung her arms out in abandon, giving herself up to the music of The Ashley Hundred. She wore purple butterfly wings and a blue flower patterned sundress and a pink ribbon in her hair and as she spun, her dress ballooned out and we were all transfixed by the pure joy in her presence.
And the music played on.
And the sun beat down and C.C. and I sat in the warm late summer heat and soaked in the music, the smells, the river flowing, the birds soaring high above, the people wandering the stalls and pausing to listen to the wonderful sounds of the band.
The memory of that little girls spinning has stayed with me. I remember watching her and thinking how I wanted to spin with her. How I wanted to be so free it didn’t matter what others thought.
As I looked at the faces of the crowd, I could see that same yearning in many of them.
Remembering, summers long ago when we too danced just for the joy of dancing.
When we too spun just for the joy of moving.
When we too didn’t know that there was such a thing as other people’s opinions to worry about.
When we too didn’t know that there was such a thing as ‘the proper’ way to behave in a crowd.
I got caught up in my mind’s thinking I was ‘too old’ to be free on Sunday. I got caught up in telling myself, “You can’t do that. People will think you’re showing off. Creating a scene. Making a spectacle of yourself.” and in my confusion and fear, I listened to the voice of ‘Don’t do it.’
I sat on a concrete bench and listened to the music and moved my body in time and tapped my foot and did not get up to free myself in the moment of dancing for joy.
And I remembered the market square in San Francisco when C.C. and I were last there and how when The Family Crest played, people got up and moved and danced and spun about and how I joined them and loved the feeling of the sun beating against my skin and the motion of my body dancing in the heat.
There is safety in numbers.
I didn’t feel safe to dance out loud on Sunday. Trapped in my conventional wisdom to not make a scene, I sat and watched and listened and loved the music and the scene, anyway. But I did not dance. I did not get down and silly on the concourse in front of the stage. (You are welcome A & L) 🙂
Which is why, yesterday, as I sat at my computer reviewing files for a meeting I have today, I decided there was only one thing to do.
I was not going to write about the snow covering the ground. Instead, I was going to go outside and experience it.
The willow tree in the front yard needed my assistance to lighten its branches. I stood beneath its drooping arms and held the handle of a broom above my head and shook the leaves and let the fresh crisp whiteness of the September snow fall upon me and all around. It was magical! Enchanting! Fun!
And then, I went into the backyard and lay down and made a September Snow Angel on the ground.
I will not write of snow but I will write of freedom. Of doing what makes my heart sing. Of releasing what gives my spirit wings so that I can do what I want in the moment of now without fearing the opinions of others.
I may not dance next time either. But, then again, I just might! Hope you do too!
Enjoy the sounds of The Ashley Hundred (they are awesome! – LIKE them on FB) on this snowy morning (and more to fall today)
And The Family Crest (you can LIKE them too on FB) — they rocked me in San Francisco and still do whenever I play their CDs! Love them!
I am going to write something you’ve said on my blog, several times: you make me want to dance!!
I will dance today, in honor of you, Louise. (Thank goodness, no snow angel opportunities here, yet.)
Yeah! I will dance too Ann and together we will creating dancing ripples all over the place! 🙂 yes, snow angel opportunities in September are rather…. sad. 😦 You however make me smile so I’m off to live my day smiling… and dancing. 🙂
I love dancing and I would have and hopefully would have been able to convince you to do so as well! 🙂 I’ve heard Ashley 100 before – they performed at the Cliff Bungalow park 1 year anniversary of the flood. They’re awesome!
What! You were there to hear them too? So were we! Andrew is my step-daughter’s boyfriend. he is a wonderful and talented young man!
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I love this, Louise! Freedom how sweet it is. I love your snow angel. p.s. I lived in Edmonton for 22 years and so I’m familiar with that white stuff and how unpredictable it can be there on the prairies.
You did!!! Oh my — so you do know. 🙂 And yes, freedom is so sweet, and sometimes, so elusive. Hugs
I came away not thinking about the snow … but dancing !!! Thank you for this Louise 🙂
I’m so glad Val! Dancing is good for the soul, heart and lungs!!!! 🙂 As well as everything else.
If only we could all be just a bit sillier………every day!
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Yet another bloody great post
I absolutely adore you Joanne!
I love the subtle references…I wish I could sit with you, holding that willow tree! I know this post is more about the September snow, the beauty and the freedom of spinning around are just the metaphors…going all out with the heart! Why do we bury those yearnings just because we have passed that age of spinning?
Such a good question Balroop. Perhaps, if we choose to live the question, we will no longer ignore our yearnings to spin! Blessings
I am so glad that you went outside and enjoyed the early snow.
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Thank you Willow. How lovely you were inspired to spontaneous innocence!
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