Monday, 14 September 2009

Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick, Slow

I still have not removed the wrist band from the ward. I always forget, and then cut it off in a dramatic symbolic moment of recognising freedom. Since returning from hospital, I have been watching television a little too avidly - escaping, travelling miles - Gilmore Girls, X factor, Friends, Cary Grant in An Affair to Remember and Antonio Banderas in Take the Lead. The last is a film based on the true life story of Pierre Dulaine, a Palestinian who has brought the art of ballroom dancing into the hearts of inner city school children all across America. Changing ambitions, introducing etiquette, creating gentler connections.

Walking down the corridor past my father's study today, I heard laughter and music. I opened the door to find my parents half-waltzing, half-swinging around the (very small) room. "It's Magic Mix on the radio!" my father grinned, and I watched with a cheesy smile, as I have always done, since memory began. My parents, talking in a dance, just walking in a dance, through this thing called marriage.

9 comments:

jeannette stgermain said...

wonderful your parents still have a sense of friendship and romance!

Shaista said...

Thankyou Jeannette! It's wonderful for me to enjoy and be inspired by.

Maggie May said...

so charming!

Ruth said...

Oh lovely. All that dancing. And a child looking on.

We had no dancing in our house. My dad was a Baptist minister, and Baptist feet aren't supposed to dance. I would have loved to see my parents dance!

I hope the time in hospital wasn't too bad.

A Cuban In London said...

What I loved the most about this post was the removing of your band, your parents dancing and that clip. I loved that clip.

Greetings from London.

Bee said...

My parents love to dance together, too. How lucky we are to have those models for marital love and happiness.

(We also watch Gilmore Girls for comfort.)

willow said...

What a lovely image of your parents I have in my head.

Mariana Soffer said...

That movie is amazing, and that is one of the best parts of it ( I am a big fan of classical hollywood movies, I love watching them many times each).

Take care

Jeanne-ming said...

Beautiful dear one. Welcome home. Luck to return to a loving place. This inspires me to gohome and dance with my husband.

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