Dance

It’s funny when something strikes. Unexpected. With wonderment. Seemingly out of the blue.

That’s what happened last night, after I watched little folklorico dancers swirling in their ribbons and lace at the Redlands Market Night. Suddenly, out of the blue, I had an overwhelming urge to dance. A sensation and desire that has been dormant for more than a year.

Some six years ago, when I in the midst of a divorce — along with burying and caring for ill family members — I told my aunt that I refused to let any of it harden my heart. My reasoning: If I did, and let myself get or stay bitter, hurt and angry, I’d let someone have far more power over me and my life than he deserved. Of course, it’d take a lot more than that realization and promise to myself to feel like myself again. Still, in the midst of that and other trying times, a Lee Ann Womack song became something of a mantra for me. (Yes, go ahead and gag at the sentimental side. Just stay with me.)

I made myself a similiar promise about a year ago. And, finally, I’m ready to dance again. Hope you do, too. And even better news: Dad comes home today.

Enjoy “I Hope You Dance,” by Lee Ann Womack.

-Christy

Lyrics:

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they’re worth taking
Lovin’ might be a mistake
But it’s worth making
Don’t let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out
Reconsider
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a real and constant motion always)
I hope you dance
(Rolling us along)
I hope you dance
(Tell me who)
I hope you dance
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
(Where those years have gone)

I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
Dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a real and constant motion always)
I hope you dance
(Rolling us along)
I hope you dance
(Tell me who)
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
I hope you dance
(Where those years have gone)

(Tell me who)
I hope you dance
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
(Where those years have gone)

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