Dance Fever

May 15, 2008 at 2:49 am 10 comments

We are big believers in family movie night.  Friday nights, usually you’ll find our family strung out from the week’s events.  Occasionally we go for a walk in our neighborhood, but most weeks we pile pillows on the floor and get lost for a couple of hours, cell phones off and homework assignments tucked away for the weekend.  With S’s job, a few hours of family focus is just right, no matter that we choose to glue our eyes to the television.

My favorite part is the end of the movie.  The credits roll, spunky music from the movie starts and my girls pop up and dance around with wild abandon, for at least three minutes.  Their dance is serious and they look out of the corner of their eyes to see if we are watching.  If we are watching they laugh and shimmey a bit more, maybe do a quick twist to keep our attention.  If we are looking somewhere else, no bother, because they are dancing, really, for the sheer pleasure of it.

Polly dances now.  It’s scrumptous.  The other night she rocked back and forth, back and forth to the music and then held out her hand to stop her sisters in mid-motion, coaxing them to mimic her moves instead.  Pretty soon all three girls were doing the baby version of the electric slide.

I’ve seen a lot of wonderful movies.  The kind of movies that make your heart stand up and jive and two step while your bottom stays planted in it’s seat.

The other day when we were out for a walk Elaina said that she can’t wait until she is a grown up.  She’s excited to get a cell phone and to eat as much dessert as she wants.

What she doesn’t know is that when a person’s life is adult and filled with cell phones and jobs and bills, they forget how to dance.

Next time we finish a movie, maybe I’ll have enough wisdom, enough gumption to join my kids.

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Entry filed under: Cute kids, Dance, Elaina, Family, Polly.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. joz1234  |  May 15, 2008 at 3:45 am

    It is wonderful that you make a point to have that time together. Hello from Texas in the US!

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  • 2. joz1234  |  May 15, 2008 at 3:46 am

    I just saw that you now live in the US–So, I will edit the prior comment to just say Hello from Texas!

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  • 3. ukrainemom  |  May 15, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Hey, thanks for checking out my blog. Your little one is cute!

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  • 4. qdawg  |  May 15, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    let me know when you and s are gonna dance, i will have to be in the area to peek into your window

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  • 5. theramblinghousewife  |  May 15, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    And then there were others . . .who never COULD dance!

    (You should see me . . .it ain’t pretty . .. . promise! 🙂

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  • 6. kate h  |  May 15, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I love the image of them dancing! Stella does the same thing!

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  • 7. alida  |  May 15, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    I would love to join in the dance!! That sounds like so much fun!

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  • 8. Jordan  |  May 16, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Hi, thanks for visiting The Wonderwheel today and leaving a nice comment. Your blog is great. I love Family Movie Nights, too, we often do them (after eating Friday Night French Toast for dinner!) and it’s so much fun. And you’re right – get up and dance with those adorable girls!!

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  • 9. Jordan  |  May 16, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Wait – you live in Chicago, too?? How cool!

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  • 10. noelle  |  May 16, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Just dance with them!! Lock the image deep into your heart and mind–time of true innocence are fading fast I am afraid.

    Miss you guys. Praying for all of your activities.

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