TIME WELL SPENT
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.