I was shopping in the WalMart (don’t judge me!)
when an older woman backed into me as she was looking at the opposite shelf.
She didn’t really notice I was there. She was sort of leaning on me for a moment.
I think she might have thought she backed into a post or a shelf.
At the first touch on my back I suddenly felt that it was someone wanting to dance with me!
Then I remembered where I was and turned my head and saw her.
I thought it was cute that she didn’t realize what was happening
so I just stayed very still and waited.
Suddenly she noticed that I didn’t quite feel like a post,
she turned around and saw my smiling face inches from hers.
She jumped in surprise and immediately apologized,
as people do when accidental touch happens.
I said, “Hey I enjoyed our dance!”
She walked away embarrassed and I followed her.
I said to her “hey I’m a dancer and I do a dance called contact improv
where people literally lean on each other just like you did with me and we kind of roll around”.
Then I leaned on her a little bit and rolled across her back.
She was laughing and laughing at the second experience of unexpected touch.
I took a chance that she would be okay with me leaning on her and she was.
She seemed truly delighted.
I said that it was nice that we had a moment of dance.
What Is a Real Dancer?
Then she frowned and said I must have been disappointed it was her that I had the dance with
and that I probably would have preferred a real dancer.
I said a resounding
NO! my friend.
I had a lovely dance with you, even if it was only five seconds
it was perfect and I was totally fulfilled by it.
She was so happy she was beaming.
This was a real gift to me
and a wonderful example of how dance, touch
and human connection can affect people and bring joy to life.
I am blessed!