Slim Randles' Home Country
'Thanks for the dance'
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[July 09, 2011]
Mrs. Doc watched the dancers swirl
around the cleared hardwood floor of the Legion hall and smiled to
see her husband, Doc, waltzing with Ardis Fisher. But Mrs. Doc was
never one to sit out a waltz, so she looked around at the menu.
Over in the corner, smiling and tapping his foot,
was Pop Walker. Pop and several other residents of the Rest of Your
Life retirement home were there to enjoy the dance and celebrate the
nation's birthday. These days Pop has a hard time with his memory,
but he always forgets things with a smile.
"Pop," said Mrs. Doc,
"how about a dance?"
"Why sure ... uh?"
"Right. Mrs. Doc."
Pop had learned to waltz back when more people did it, and the
decades had smoothed his dance steps with the fine sanding of time.
It was a pleasure for Mrs. Doc to go around the floor with him.
She smiled and winked at her husband as she and Pop danced by,
and Doc grinned and swirled a fancy di-do with Ardis, just to show
off. Then she and Pop got closer to the bandstand, and there was Dud
Campbell playing his accordion. He looked happy and surrealistic in
the muted reddish lights on the stage. Next to him sat Carla
Martinez, playing rhythm guitar and smiling out on her town and her
life. Jim Albertson was up there, too, playing the waltz's melody on
the harmonica and trading the lead with Jasper Blankenship on his
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As she and Pop Walker danced away, the bandstand receded in a
blur of light and sound. Passing like ships in the night were Dewey
Decker with Mavis from the Mule Barn truck stop. Mavis' hair is
growing back in since the treatments, giving everyone in the valley
just one more reason to be thankful. Randy Jones and Katie Burchell
sailed by on wings of love.
The waltz ended and Pop walked Mrs. Doc to her seat.
"Thanks for the dance, er ... Honey," he said.
"Thank you, Pop."
The people who dance through our lives give us the reason to get
up and get dressed each day.
[Text from file received from Slim Randles]
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