Dancing Queen

My mom’s 65th birthday is coming up in May.  She never asks for anything from us, really.  For birthdays or in life.  It’s just not her way.  She seems content to make her own happy spot and extra appreciative to get to visit mine.  She and my dad really handed me my life to have as my very own and seem careful not to encroach, impose, or guilt-trip.  I really, really appreciate this.  So when she does ask for something, you know it’s important.

A few months back, I sent this video to my mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, and my cousin up in Boston:

The Rolyats 2010 from Kristen Taylor on Vimeo.

Needless to say, we all loved it and joked about getting together to make our own.

This is the email I got from my dad a few weeks ago:

As you know, your Mom’s 65th birthday is coming up in early May. I asked her last night what she wanted including did she want a weekend away as we did for my birthday at Mohunk. She said she didn’t necessarily want to go away for a weekend but would think about it. On the present front she said she’d also think about it but two things came immediately to her mind. She would like Erin or Alicia to take lots of pictures of her including some with the boys in the hope that she can get a few good ones. As for the second request – brace yourself – she wants to make a family dancing video. It’s not yet clear whether she wants to post it on YouTube. She recognizes that Griff, JP and moi may be reluctant to participate but expects that the women folk and grandchildren will be involved. We should discuss this.   -Dad

So of course we are going to do this, make all her birthday dreams come true.  I don’t know how.  I don’t know when.  I don’t know if I will show you the finished product.  We’ll see.

I’ve got some ideas floating around, but mostly I’m thinking of song selection right now.  Kind of leaning towards Born this Way by Lady Gaga because it makes me feel like a proud gay man in a rainbow thong at the Gay Pride parade.  He thinks he’s an amazing dancer, and doesn’t care who’s watching. I may need him for this.  Also, it would be priceless to see my dad working it out to Don’t be a drag, just be a queen. . . . (Though happily accepting your song suggestions).
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On the subject of having more fun and baking up everyday joy, (which I believe is at the heart of my mother’s wish to make this thing happen), I hope you’ll go see what my friend, Alix, is up to over here.  Her post today made me feel all bubbly and inspired.  Reminded me that committing yourself to small, creative acts is where the JOY happens. You GO, Al.

8 thoughts on “Dancing Queen

  1. If you don’t share the final version, you will have some seriously disappointed cousins. 🙂 Seriously, just the image of this made my morning.

  2. I think this will be hysterical! I’ll be 8 months preggers but it won’t stop me from attempting the worm… anything for my mo-in-law

  3. If it wasn’t clear before it is so clear now why you and Alix are such kindred spirits. Keep on keepin’ ladies!

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