Spring’s here! Let’s get up and dance!
Today, I spent a lazy afternoon at Fuxing Park. The wind was chilly, but the sunshine extremely warm, so I brought my book (but alas! forgot my sketchbook) for some time on the grass.
Alas again, there was little grass and I didn’t have any newspaper with me to sit on. So I gave up the “pastures” and moved to the sidelines, where I sat cross-legged with my book – “Factory Girls” – on the bench.
Dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.
– William W. Purkey
Life’s a dance we all have to do,
What does the music require?
People are moving together,
Close as the flames in a fire.
Feel the beat; music and rhyme,
While there is time.
We all go ’round and ’round,
Partners are lost and found,
Looking for one more chance,
All I know is,
We’re all in the dance.
– Feist (We’re All In A Dance (La Même Histoire), from movie Je T’aime Paris)
Some uncles saw me swaying un-rhythmically, I think they must be very amused. One of them offered to teach me, guided me in some steps, but gave up on my clumsiness. Another uncle stepped in, showed me some of his own steps. I followed. He was extremely patient, and so I spent the next few songs dancing to different beats (even Cha Cha!) on the arms of Uncle Zhou. He asked if I was 23, I said hell, no, hahaha.
We talked about leaving our hometowns like my ancestors did 2 generations ago, and how young people are still leaving China in spite of its economic boom, while foreigners (like me) are pouring in. I said goodbye to Uncle Zhou after our chat brought us around Shanghai, to Singapore and even some Washington (his daughter now lives there, and from the sound of it, he misses her).
I leave you with music from Feist – We’re All In A Dance (La Même Histoire), from movie Je T’aime Paris)