I used to be able to do Scottish Country Dancing. But I used to love to dance. I can’t now but I can shookle behind my rollator or trampoline.
My elder brother and I first learned from a scary lady called Mrs Grant. She paired the pupils whose parents weren’t there with someone whose parents were there so she could always blame the person without parents. My parents never stayed. So we were paired with endless people whose parents were there. We did learn to dance though.
So why did we keep going? We enjoyed Heinz tomato soup in the car before going home which we adored. Plus we didn’t have a choice. One day Alasdair was dancing with Mrs Grant. At least that was something I escaped. Alasdair was just below her very full bosom. Mrs Grant kept saying to look up. Alasdair stared fixedly at his feet, Would you have looked up?
So we learned to dance reels and things like ‘The Dashing White Sergeant’
As we grew up so we got invited to reel parties. It started with the 9 to 90s That was at the Station Hotel in Inverness. My friend Gina was always popular as a partner. I was too tall and gangly but because I chatted to Gina I was like a second choice. Not for the Dashing white sergeant though as you could have two boys and one girl or two girls and one boy.
I had Moritz, a really old friend who I had I known since we were both 10 visit. It felt very good to see him. He reminded that my father had sent him instructions aged 16 for foursome, eightsome and sixteensome and a dance I had forgotten I knew called ‘The Machine Without Horses’
Of course I still have MND and can’t really dance but it is fun to look back on what I could do. I know I am slowing down. I fell over a couple of days ago but David caught me so I fell very slowly. He is always poised to help a lot of the time. It can’t be fun for him, but he does it.
Sometimes I can write more and sometimes I can write less. This is one of those times. i am very slow at typing now. But I can’t go without a song. I am going with Reet Petite as I have found a very odd video. I hope you enjoy it.