First day back to school, after a holiday weekend, it’s raining, storming and we are winding down with the school year. After some spaghetti and meatballs I am cleaning up , putting dishes in the dishwasher and our 12 year old son simply says, “Mom, do you want to dance?” I pause and first say, ” I’m cleaning up the dishes” then I think to myself, “reallly, forget the dishes, let’s dance.” I turn to him and say, ” Yeah, sure!” So he takes my hand and we do the TANGO a few times across the kitchen floor, then he switches and with his hand around my waist , he leads me into a few “spins”, or “twirls” then I spin him as we crack up laughing. I lead him and we switch to holding hands facing each other and bust out a 50’s, doo-wop kind of move with a kick in opposite directions. I don’t know how, yet we start to do a 2 step and then he is trying to “dip me.” I am leary because I think he will drop me! He asks me to kick up my leg, as I go back the leg goes up and I am holding onto him for dear life. Yes, we are laughing hysterically because ‘ “IT IS FUNNY and IMPROMPTU and I MIGHT GET HURT!!”
I tell him that I don’t “trust him.” and he is surprised the face says, “what??!!” Now, our son is a big, solid strong 12 year old, yet…I am hesitant. Again, me thinking “REALLY?” He then tells me , “Mom, I am really good at trust falls, c’mon let me show you.” I say, “ok” and think to myself, “Really, if I can;t trust my son here, who can I trust. ” We do several trust falls with him doing just fine, quite fine!! I didn’t fall, or get hurt. Boy was this a “stress buster” , a great laugh. This moment all started with a question, a pause and a choice( the dishes can wait folks, no big deal). It’s all good, if you make it good!! So next time you want to break the tension, the stress, or just get a good ,healthy laugh…ask Mom (or Dad, or sister, or brother, or a friend) to dance!!!