For those of you who remember, that phrase brings to mind a man in a white pant suit. Yes great song, and yes “I” Should be Dancing….. literally!
Tuesday nights for many many years have been my dance night. I would truck off to Airdrie to rehearse with the professional Bellydance group I am part of. Yes I am a bellydancer too, another role to add to my list, and I have the closet of costumes to prove it! On Tuesday evenings, the amazing Suzy Q, and wonderful friend, of Shimmy Dance Productions would lead us in shimmies and undulations and glorious choreographies. Not only is it a great workout for body and mind, it is also my sanity time, a retreat with the gals. I developed many wonderful friendships with the other dancers, and although the drive was long, I always had a fabulous time there.
Now recently, another great friend of mine started fitness classes at the school by our house. This is great, as they are close to home and twice a week. A little less driving for me and still a great workout. Over the summer she did her Zumba certification and so now it’s ZUMBA twice a week. ARE YOU kidding me!!!! THAT”S SOOOOO AWESOME!!!! I love Zumba. I used to go to a studio in Red Deer when I had time, and Natalie’s Zumba classes rocked the house. Rachel’s classes are just as fun and I am so excited that its right around the corner. Oddly enough Rachel’s classes are on Tues and Thurs. So now I have two wonderful classes I could attend on Tuesday nights. Great! But lately there have been many factors in my life working against me going to dance.
1. My growing family of three kids – with each one comes more demands on my time, and harder and harder to leave all of them with my husband Dean, or babysitter. I have in the past packed the kids up and taken them with me to Airdrie, but with two kids in school and a baby who likes to nurse 24/7, that’s not so realistic right now.
2. Money- well it’s just a little tighter around here as I stay home instead of working. Justifying the gas money, or cost of class can be hard, but it is my physical health after all. Also paying for a sitter has to be considered too, so…….
3. Child Care – Besides the cost of paying for a sitter, evening dance classes mean night time routine up to the sitter, and believe me some-days putting my kids to bed is a hour long drama filled adventure, with cups of water, pj’s that don’t “feel right” and triple hugs and kisses ( I don’t mind that one actually). Needless to say I don’t really want to pay a sitter to fight with my kids for bed. If the Dean is home, then it’s not so bad, which brings me to….
4. My husband farms – And right now its harvest. So as I write this, he is still running the Combine, and will be till after dark. I am a ” Harvest widow” as my mom would say. Now I’ve had this battle in my head and debated it with many friends, but I need to always remind myself, that Harvest is where the income comes from. It’s our bread and butter. The short weeks of the year that I am left to fend for my self, come the rewards of having a roof over our heads and food to eat.
So right now I will not complain and know that one day my kids will be old enough to leave at home while I go shake what MY mama gave me. In the mean time I will think of all you ladies in Airdrie and the ones at the school and maybe I’ll put on my own Zumba class in my living room. If fact a friend just got Wii dance, maybe I can borrow it for a few weeks until the crop is off.