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Tuesday, September 20, 2011



I’m sure you know how household tasks pile up when you have been, not exactly sick, but certainly unwell for a time. Things become “untidy”. (What a great word!) An old southern gentleman I knew once looked around such a room and said “ Watch out in here. You’re apt to get snake bit’”. As I looked around here today, I could hear him saying it. I think those we love never really leave us as long as their memory is held lovingly in our hearts so it seemed I could hear his voice.

Where to start? I decided I’d better sort out the big laundry, all washed and dried, but not yet folded, hung up or put away. Getting back into “ the stream of things” requires clothes!

I thought I could put away the laundry and play a Netflix movie to entertain myself. Good idea? Should have been but the movie was "Mao’s Last Dancer". (2010). Now the clean laundry is only partially sorted but I had two hours of the most glorious film I have seen in ages. I found that in this film, I had to see the movements, the facial expressions and be able to read the occasional translations and actually watch the dancing.

I’m sure everyone would not be as entranced as I. As a young girl I so wanted to be a ballet dancer. However, I was always the tallest one in my class in school and considered, kindly, as “chubby”. I have always been fascinated by the dance so have seen every film I could that came along under that heading – some good and some really bad. In all my years, there is not one that is as wonderful as ' Mao’s Last Dancer.'

Even though I had read the autobiography of Li Cunxin, I was not prepared for the beauty of its film adaptation. I am still so enthralled I simply had to share my feelings with you. If you love the ballet, you must see it.

Now, I have to get back to folding, hanging and otherwise sorting out my laundry. It won’t be hard. In my mind and heart, I am still dancing.
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  • ENUFF81020
    I love the joy in your words of this blog. I never ever considered dancing because I had no coordination and too many pounds to make it a possibility. However, if I would ever be in charge of the TV here, I might consider watching your movie. There are only a few really good movies out there to move you in the way you described.

    Keep on dancing!!
    Sylvia
    2494 days ago
  • 2BMYOWN
    Welcome back, Dancer.......good news about your friend, btw! I'll have to check out that film, I've never been a big ballet person but I've always admired the will that it took to excel in that and the fluidity it generated in the people who were able to do it. Almost fell off my chair when you spoke of the old gentleman, I grew up hearing that phrase. Good thing I've never been afraid of snakes........'cause at different periods of my life, I can sure empathize with the un-tidyness! Thanx for sharing, Meri, good to hear from you again.....
    2497 days ago
  • DEBIGENE
    Hi Merilynn so glad to see you again, hope you are up to joining in and once again taking part. Love your blog and will share that movie title with a friend that loves the ballet also. Thanks for sharing that.
    2497 days ago
  • KASEYCOFF
    More than once I convinced myself I could watch a movie while I either folded clothes or ironed. Alas, every time I would finally give up on the clothes and sit down to give the film my attention, lol... I know JUST what you mean!
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    2497 days ago
  • RUBYCLAIRE
    What a nice blog Meri and it's so very nice to have you back with us right now, for however long you're here.

    We love you very much my dear, sweet friend, so do anything, and everything you know you must. We will NEVER leave your side!

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    BTW, I also LOVE the ballet and could watch it for hours. Of course that was when I was MUCH younger.
    Sorry, but I didn't find any emoticons that eve remotely gave the impression of ballet; heck, ANY dancing for that matter.
    Ha, ha, ha!
    2497 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/20/2011 4:37:09 PM
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