She’d said she would never dance again. Not after her husband died.
Sure, she would teach. After all, teaching helped carry her through those difficult years.
But no more performing. Performing was always for him, no matter how big the audience, and now he is gone.
Sometimes roles get reversed, places get changed. Sometimes the teacher becomes the student, and there she was, onstage ready to perform what was taught on a workshop.
As introductions were made, I saw her looking at the ground with that look on her face. I was pretty sure she was going to lose it completely right then and there.
The microphone was passed to her. She snapped out of that place, and she was ON.
I can’t remember how the music sounded. I can only remember the pure beauty of expression. The magical smile, the gracefulness. Age had diminished none.
There were no tissues I could reach, and I really needed one. Or nine.
She told me afterwards that yes, she was talking to him in that moment before the music started. I’m glad she did.
The dozen or so of us there that day who knew her story were blessed with an experience we will never forget. The other several hundred people enjoyed a nice performance, and that’s ok too.
Dammit, I can feel my teen’s first broken heart from 10 miles away.
It’s worse than having my own broken.
This afternoon I visited a friend/client.
We sat on her patio in the sun, chatted, took care of business.
She wore only a lil’ ol pair of gym shorts and tiny tank top, of which she removed the straps. (Tan lines, you know.)
She wore no makeup, her thinning hair was wrapped in a scarf thing and not all her teeth were in.
Yet I would best describe her appearance as “God I hope I’m that confident at that age!”