Putting on the greatest hits by Roger Miller and listening to him singing to me about “walking in the sunshine singing a sunshine song” is just what I needed to let go of the worries.
The blessings surrounding me were much too much to not take notice and embrace them. I am sometimes so appreciative for a moment that it makes me emotional. I am thankful for the ability to find my way into a place of happiness. Thankful indeed for answered prayers and all that is good in my life.
Roger Miller was a singer/song writer before my time. He is an artist that my parents introduced me to so I find joy in listening to him crooning while surrounding myself with the love of life, moments, memories and family including two doggies who love dance parties as much as I do. They just love seeing me happy and dancing around.
Dance parties are like sunshine that you can bring to a kitchen near you. Put on your favorite song and introduce it to your loved ones and let the kitchen become your dance floor. No matter what is going on in your life listen to Roger Miller’s words and “put a smile upon your face as if there’s nothing wrong.” And hopefully there isn’t. You deserve to smile and enjoy the moments.
“Think about a good time had a long time ago.” For me, I am thinking about when we would dance when my dad was still alive and my nephew was just a toddler. My nephew would pull my mom and sisters and our husbands out to the kitchen and we would let go whatever we had weighing us down. We would laugh and we would dance and all that mattered was just being in the moment. “Think about forgetting your worries and your woes,” Roger Miller reminds us. You can do it. Feel it getting lighter and your day getting brighter. It’s a simple song. And simple is good.
Whether it was busting out our YMCA moves practicing for an upcoming wedding or listening to Lollipop, the classic song made popular from the movie Stand by Me, it didn’t matter how silly you looked as long as you danced and laughed. Silly was actually the trick. I can almost picture us back in early 2011 in my parent’s kitchen letting the world disappear for the complete love that surrounded us.
My sister got each of us towels this Christmas with the words “In This Kitchen We Dance” so we could bring them to our homes and incorporate that into our days. So, I don’t care who is around I will crank up my favorite tunes and let loose. Moods turn right around with the music and the moves.
Take time and hang up that towel in your kitchen and appreciate the music and whoever you invite to your dance floor.
* Melissa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.