Friday, 29 June 2012


We're writing with Lisa-Jo this morning for 5 minute Friday and her prompt today is


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This word brings an instant smile to my face and stirs an array of memories and emotion.
Dance is a red dress swirling when my youth meant I would wear a shorter length skirt - I caught my husband's eye dancing in that dress.
It's a tight arm locked circle with my best friends jumping and stomping in doc martins to an Irish beat so fast we could scarce draw breath to keep time.
It's being spun laps round a dance floor by a man who was a strong leader - how elegant a girl can feel and the synchronized steps of two moving in unison as one.
It's my Dad finding time to teach a teenager how to foxtrot in the kitchen and how she wishes she remembers now. 
It's cranking the music and dancing round my living room or kitchen when a favourite song comes on the radio.
It's taking part in a group of 8 to form a fluid beautiful rhythm of a Scottish country dance.
It's dancing on the beach on my wedding day to a steel drum band 
It's watching my 9 year old son busting his moves to so many different styles of music with a facial expression which just shouts he knows how cool he looks
It's my daughter practising ballet with her turns and spins, it's her skipping across the room.  And the common factor across all these is joy - because you can't skip with sorrow in your heart.  The very act of dance will lift your spirits and make your soul sing.  I pray I always find time to dance.

A Time for Everything

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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