Slim Randles' Home Country
The people who dance through our lives
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[August 30, 2014]
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 summer. Pop has a
hard time with his memory, these days, but 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’s 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.
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