15 Jun

In years gone by we would go out dancing. I loved dancing and considered it a much needed work out as much as a way to connect with others. When I think back, this was a fitting attitude for me to employ since I lacked any rhythmic or dancing talent. However lack of dancing ability never held me back. With arms flailing and feet gyrating, in beat or not, I threw myself into the fast moving heat of the moment. We would dance until we literally worked up a sweat, resting a moment, refreshing ourselves with cocktails and rehydrating with water and then joining back with the other frenzied dancers under the shimmering mirror ball on the dance floor of the disco. I wasn’t kidding when I said ‘in years gone by’.
disco ball
At most dances there was little to no conversation as I recall as the booming music was deafening loud. Once we outgrew the discos we would still join others and kick up our heels at a community dance or at a house party. Dancing the night away was a great way to spend time with friends and to work off those extra calories. Nowadays we don’t go out dancing much however after dinner we do crank up the music and let loose with our uninhibited and unrestrained moves. Some nights we groove to oldies, other nights we dance close and lovingly sway to old romantic favorites.

After dinner at our daughter’s home her kitchen also becomes a dance floor. She, her husband and two kids amuse us with their astonishing and exceptional smooth moves. The songs are often sung or belted out karaoke style, sometimes a budding musician pounds out a mysterious tune on the piano or guitar, mostly our daughter chooses pop tunes of her era and we all shake our booty while the kids command the dance floor and put on the real show.
076air guitar 5kids dancing
We all join in during clean up and perform the quick step as we clear the table, bebop our way to the dishwasher, hip hop as we scrape leftovers into the waste bin, or slow dance by the light of the open refrigerator.
One festive evening not too long ago there was cause to celebrate a birthday. Following dinner, our son-in-law Rob went into the kitchen to light the abundant candles on the birthday cake. The dancing music proceeded in full force and young and old were shaking and gyrating with vigour. Some with more enthusiasm than others, some with smooth moves and others taking calculated risks that involved injuring others. (Caution, dancing is not a spectator sport and can cause injuries.) Meanwhile one song ended, another began. This new song Bohemian Rhapsody happened to be a big favorite of Rob’s. The words of this song are gruesome,‘Mama I Killed a Man’ but has become an all time favorite and is sung at most celebration dinners. Why that song? Honestly I don’t know or we just can’t remember.

However, the lit cake was left abandoned on the counter as Rob wholeheartedly grabbed center stage (a coveted floor space dividing dining room and kitchen) and danced off his entire meal plus amazed us with his innate aptitude at playing air guitar! While directly behind him scores of small fires were glowing brightly, smoke was curling upwards, candles were delicately melting and a coconut topped cake was browning. The aroma of the toasting coconut alerted us to the kitchen being ablaze mere seconds before the fire alarm drowned out the blasting music. You can see the burning cake in the background of the following picture.burning cakeG Bday Cake 2011
Much to our hilarity the cake was presented and enjoyed, melted candles, toasted coconut and all. It was a night of dancing not to be forgotten…

A few notes…
Dancing is all about letting go of your inhibitions so don’t try to look cool because dancing is all about having fun. Following are my personal three commandments of dancing:

1. Thou shall let go of restrictions and allow the music to draw you in
2. Thou shall just relax, get up off that chair, feel the music and bend your knees, one leg at a time while channelling your natural fun seeking and creative impulses
3. Thou shall not light birthday candles until the song ends…

Following is a youtube link that teaches you how to dance to Lip Gloss by Little Mama


Posted by on June 15, 2013 in Open for Discussion


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14 responses to “DANCING IN THE KITCHEN

  1. Anonymous

    September 16, 2013 at 12:10 am

    just enjoyed another birthday cake but alas no flames and smokin’ coconut!

  2. LaLindaArtStudio

    June 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Yum toasted coconut! It’s a good thing someone noticed before it got out of control. That sounds like a fabulous time. I love to dance while I clean house. I may get wild and break a few things spinning around to AC/DC Back in Black, or there’s that time an african american neighbor saw me doing a crazy Love Shack dance as she passed by my house, she thought I was crazy.

    • BlackCrowCurios

      June 22, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Love shack was one of my favorite dancing tune! Years ago there was a dance place here called the love shack…

  3. Jessicacarmindi

    June 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I don’t know why more people don’t dance nowadays! It’s sad. I love this blog though. Dancing is such a great way to express.
    Poor coconut birthday cake. Oh well. Maybe it tasted just as good as a burnt Marshmallow. (One of my personal favorite treats.

    Keep up the blogs and the dancing, and thanks for checking out my blog!

    ~Jessica Carmindi~

    • BlackCrowCurios

      June 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      I agree Jessica! Dancing is such a wonderful way to express yourself!

  4. BlackCrowCurios

    June 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    ExactlyRicki new & improved! Next year’s cake will be difficult to top!

  5. thehappyhugger

    June 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Dancing is wonderful!

    • BlackCrowCurios

      June 19, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      It is indeed ‘happyhugger’! It’s wonderful and a form of therepeutic exercise!!!

  6. BlackCrowCurios

    June 17, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Stitchknit, thanks for visiting! It’s funny about the cake cause after the fact, in the photos we could see it clearly on fire however in the moment we were so enjoying Rob’s air guitar performance that we didn’t even notice!

  7. stitchknit

    June 16, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Found your blog from the thread on Etsy Success. Loved the images you described re; the dancing! I just knew that cake was going to suffer! 🙂

  8. Milorne

    June 16, 2013 at 12:42 am

    You mean the coconut wasn’t supposed to be toasted?

    • Ricki

      June 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      New, improved cake recipe 🙂 And, no complaining about sore knees the next morning…


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