When I disappear from here for several days without warning, the odds are I'm taking a dancing break. I grew up doing folk dancing with my parents and found contra dancing in college. It continues to be the fastest jolt of joy I know. I see old friends at various weekends, get to dress up beyond my regular printmaking jeans, and almost always get some transporting waltzes.
I both hang out with and dance with my sisters.
I dance with old friends.
I dance on playgrounds.
I dance in gardens.
When I'm very lucky I get dipped in fountains.
And sometimes I get to call with the really fun band.
It's always a joyful break for me. Now I'm back to work.
(photos courtesy of Dave Pokorney, Bob Trimble, Wally Stewart, Greg Rodhe, and Bob Green, and me. The Latterday Lizards are the truly awesome band in the photo, and they played this past weekend in Atlanta as well.)
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.