A Wonderful 'Oldies' Moment!

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   Posted 8/8/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
The hubby wanted to see a band last night at our local casino...a lounge act that he has become friendly with over the years.  They do not appear very often anymore and even though I felt like someone stomped on every part of my body wearing a pair of Herman Munster boots, I went.  The Lounge was packed...there I am in three layers of clothing and ear plugs (due to my inner ear condition).  I was going to wear my Giant Noise Blocking Headphones but the hubby said 'Uh, I don't think so.' shocked    Anyway, lot's of 'Oldies' music for us dinosaurs.  On the dance floor...two people dancing in wheel chairs...several Hover Rounds...a woman with oxygen strapped to her back...a guy who had to be 80 years old wearing one of those foam neck thingies...all dancing their brains out.  One of our friends kept asking where the 'Rubberband Man' was.  I didn't know who they were talking about.  All of a sudden this VERY young man comes from nowhere, goes on the dance floor and starts to 'cut a rug' with all the old ladies, one at a time...each of them waiting their turn.  He was a fabulous dancer and kissed their hand when he was done and ready to move on to the next person.  I don't know why but it turned into such an emotional moment for me...I started to cry.  I can't hear much anymore...mainly just the bass but even so just watching all these people with such severe disabilites spinning each other around in their wheel chairs etc...singing along and one old man even got on the stage and sang Hound Dog.
I had NO intention of staying until 1:00 in the morning, but we did...I even danced with the hubby (In a corner as the floor was so packed I was afraid I would hurt somebody if I stumbled).  At one point the singer handed me the mike and said 'You look so happy tonight...get your groove on' and I sang a chorus or two.  (Donna Summer's Hot Stuff which seemed appropriate at that moment as I was sweating like a pig).
Yeah...paying big time this morning but it was worth it.  And, of course the message that people in far worse condition than I am still can have a good time.  And to think I almost didn't go.  Ya just never know what might make your day. 
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   Posted 8/8/2010 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Donna, What a fun evening! I'm so glad you decided to go. The oldies music always
lifts my spirit too. I teared up about everyone dancing." Life is what you make it!"
Donna, if I was there, I would of sang my heart out with you. I just turned on my fav
oldies channel 104.7, music can make you happy! Your story brightened my day :)

Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 8/8/2010 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
How awesome was that Donna? Good for you and your DH...the music, the dancing, being with others less fortunate, all can really help to give us some hope, fill us with joy and make us feel better, if only for the moment. You did the best thing you good possibly do for yourself, you really did. And yes, you are suffering today, but try to keep thinking about the fun you had last night, try to focus on that and put the pain in the background of your mind...I hope that helps and I'm so happy for you..dear friend,
soft, gentle hugs,

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   Posted 8/8/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Donna, I am so glad that you got to experience this and thank you so much for sharing it with us. Sometimes we all need a reminder that there are people out there who are worse than we are but are still living life to the fullest. Im sorry you are hurting today, but you now have some wonderful memories to hold onto.
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   Posted 8/8/2010 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Donna, that is awesome! It sounds like you had a great time, even though you are paying for it now it was worth it. Thanks for sharing your adventure, it brought a much needed smile!
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   Posted 8/8/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
What a wonderful evening, Donna!  It's times like this that we really realize just how precious life is and to live it to the fullest.  These people sure are! 
I travel with seniors and some of them can barely walk and other have to take liquid nutrition, oxygen, etc. with them but they don't give up and that is so inspirational to me.
I'm happy you got to "cut a rug" with hubby, too.  I bet it's been a while since you have done that and it will be something you both remember. 
Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring evening.  I'm really glad you enjoyed it so much and didn't turn into a pumpkin at midnight!  The extra aches and pains are well worth your effort because you have a wonderful memory of the evening.  I'm glad you went.
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   Posted 8/8/2010 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
It is wonderful that you were able to dance! What an uplifting story. The aches you might have today are just a reminder of the fun you had last night.
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   Posted 8/8/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so glad you went.  Sometimes you just have to step out and see how you do.  Sounds like it was a blast!
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