Having a bad day?
Drop everything and do this:
Put on your favorite music (it doesn't matter what, as long as it's your favorite), scoop up the nearest small child and dance with her. Twirl her, hold her, make her laugh, and kiss her sweet cheeks.
It works. It works with all kinds of music. If you love the music, it will change the moment.
This morning, I danced with Ramona in the kitchen. We were listening to "The Water is Wide" (yes, this was more the glide-and-sway, rather than the toss-and-twirl variety of dance) and this is what she said:
"This song reminds me of how much I love my family."
And it changed our day.
Atticus recently reminded me of this quote, which sums up that feeling we get when music reaches into our depths:
"All art aspires to the condition of music." ~~ Walter Pater
I was reminded of it again last night. Atticus and I were hunting down videos on YouTube so that the girls could hear first-hand some of the songs that he and I sing off-key. As I tossed and twirled Ramona to the Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and did a glide-and-sway to "Just My Imagination," I knew it was true: it's impossible to feel depressed when you're dancing in the kitchen with someone you love.