I’m thrilled to be able to take part in this year’s Beauty of a Woman blogfest.
I’ve done tons of reflecting back on my life since I turned 60 in March. Funny that no matter how old we get, we still feel young inside. My mom turned 80 last October, and she feels the same way. The trick is getting our bodies to cooperate.
One of the things I love most in life is dancing to good music. It lifts my spirits like nothing else and makes me feel joyful and beautiful.
I’m not talking about dancing at night clubs since I don’t get out much, but dancing at home while cleaning works for me.
I danced with each of my four children when they were babies and while they were growing up. My three daughters and I loved to dance through the house to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” My son didn’t get into dancing like his sisters did. (He takes after his father.)
These days I have five grand-darlings to groove with! Hubby dances with me at wedding receptions and occasions like that, just to make me happy.
Below is a poem I wrote a few years ago. I thought it might be appropriate to add it here for the Beauty of a Woman celebration. Our sense of beauty and self-worth begins long before we become women.
I danced as a babe
in lullaby dreams
Danced with lightning bugs
in the stars’ bright beams
I danced in the cold
with a man of snow
Danced in the splendor
of my first rainbow
I danced in my skates
through the crispy breeze
Danced like a mermaid
in the salty seas
I danced with desire
watching birds in flight
And danced and romanced
as he held me tight
Danced to the music
of the moonsong’s spell
Danced to the chimes
of the wedding bell
I danced with my hips
where all life begins
Danced as my babies
grew and danced within
Danced with my children
filled with giggling glee
Danced in the sunset
as I set them free
Danced in the fragrance
of the garden rose
Danced in dewdrop grass
on my tippy-toes
The dance lamented
through voids of despair
Till the dance of hope
wiped away each tear
Danced in the moment
Won’t you join
in the dance with me?
Here’s a short video from my 60th birthday. My mom and my sister Cindy took me to lunch, but first I got them to dance.
“The moment in between what you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place.”
~Barbara de Angelis
Below, check out the picture I took of Mom when we were celebrating her 80th birthday. She’s holding up the wonderful photo book Cindy gave her. Mom was only 16 in that photo on the cover.
She eloped at age 16 to get away from her evil step-mother. No kidding. My grandma died when Mom was 13.
Dad was 19 when they married. They’ll celebrate their 64th anniversary in July.
Mom has been a beautiful woman (on the inside and outside) for as long as I’ve known her. *grin* She’s a mother of five, grandmother of 16, and great-grandma of 14.
I asked her what makes her feel beautiful. “A lifetime with a large family is real beauty, all the love that’s passed around,” she said. “I’m more beautiful when I’m around my kids and grandkids, doing things, being with them, enjoying them.” She thought a bit longer, then said, “The beauty of a woman is giving birth to a baby.”
How cool that the Beauty of a Woman blogfest is right before Mother’s Day this year. What a perfect time to tell my mom I wish her the best Mother’s Day ever.
Thanks for dancing with me, Mom, and for filling my childhood and my life with fun, laughter, and joyful memories. Love you forever!
Happy Mom’s Day to all!
Tap your toes and snap your fingers to your favorite tunes.
Thank you, August McLaughlin,
for hosting the Beauty of a Woman Blogfest.
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Do you like to dance? What’s your favorite song? What makes you feel beautiful? Do you still feel like a kid no matter how old you are? What are you doing to celebrate Mother’s Day?
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