So Cool

recordplayerThis morning I held the face of my first friend’s sister in my heart. I asked, “Lord, what do you want me to remember?” and released the question into the quiet flow of my thoughts.

This is what came to me. In my mind’s eye I saw my friend Brook going into her room and “borrowing” her record player. We were about 13. Being liked by girls seemed to demand learning new skills. Our mastery of slingshots and no hands bike riding just was not going to cut it.

Girls liked to dance so we were practicing the Bop. We were listening to one of those classics like “Tutti Fruiti.” At one point Brook got off balance and fell to the floor. He started laughing. I laughed so hard I had to sit down. There we both were, aspiring to be “cool,” sitting on the floor roaring. Then we got up and danced some more.

I am not sure what I thought then, but this morning I pondered the thought that when we are learning new skills, we are likely to end up dancing the dance of the elephants. But that is OK. This has been going on since we first tried to crawl. It has not been lethal yet. So laugh, get up and practice some more.

About the author

I help people listen for God in their lives. As a pastor and a friend I think relationships are both fascinating and rich in their own right. I was evacuated from a war zone as a child and lived with to highly stressed parents. My life has been a search for Peace and the discovery of Joy in everyday moments.

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