Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Dancing in the Rain!
My darling and I danced every single chance that we got. Sometimes it was with him in a wheelchair. Sometimes it was with me in a wheelchair. Sometimes it was sitting in chairs, dancing cheek to cheek. We DANCED!
I have told this story before, so forgive me if you've heard it many times. It's just a perfect story to indicated the power and depth of Nyle's beautiful soul. He was having a heart attack. He had one the month before so he knew all the signs. He wouldn't let us call an ambulance. He had no insurance and it would cost thousands of dollars. He wouldn't let us take him to the hospital until he presented us with gifts that he had purchased for us. I think he felt that he might not be coming home alive. The plaques said, "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to DANCE in the rain. Somehow the gift of those plaques at that all too critical time summed up Nyle's personality.
If you look closely at this picture, you can see the love shimmering between us. We went through Hell and Heaven in our marriage. Yet that love we shared was unquenchable. It wavered from time to time, It sometimes faltered for just the rarest of days, but ultimately, it could not be denied!
When I was 20, I worked in a department store downtown in a charming city. One night we had a black out. I had to walk two blocks in a black out city, to my car. I was terrified! I kept looking all around, and over my shoulders. I think I thought that I could do something defensive if I saw someone coming to harm me.
Suddenly, the idea came into my mind to dance. It was pouring. I AM a huge Gene Kelly fan. I think I've seen that movie about a million times. "Singin' in the Rain." So, I began to sing and dance down the street. It was remarkable. My fear left me as I splashed my way to the car, singing and dancing at the top of my lungs. If anyone was looking to harm me they probably left when it looked like I had lost my mind! :)
Today, I'm going to do my best to dance through this current storm. I have the shingles. Gratefully it's a mild case, but it is still not fun. I will still dance, I will just be very careful not to do it around anyone that could catch this misery!
Posted by CJ Smith at 8:58 AM