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Gerald Wears Tights. Saturday January 10, 2015

Good morning, good day, good evening to you all. Can you feel your breath coming in and flowing out again? Try it. In through the nose... out through the mouth... . If you are having a moment or a rough day thus far, then repeat that last bit a few times and see if it can't give you some solace and a new starting line. Can your feet move you in some way in some direction? Even a bum-shuffle will do if feet are impossible. One day, on some heaven-sent, warm-ish, deserted island (where we will be having our Moodscope R&R) we will make merry acquaintance and Di will teach us all to dance and then the fun will begin for all of us!

Is anyone familiar with the book Giraffe's Can't Dance? It is a children's book. My favourite times (that I will ask for on repeat when I car-crash or bum-shuffle in through the pearly gates) have always been story times. I have thought of binding my children (the way the Chinese did with their feet) to stop them growing up, thus preserving story time forever. But I'd probably be arrested and, whilst fun to chalk that one up, it possibly wouldn't be my finest hour.

I frequently find the best nuggets of wisdom come from children's books. Giraffe's Can't Dance is the story of one animal who believes dancing is something he is incapable of and therefore feels he has no place in the jungle celebrations. And then Gerald finds his place. It's a glorious message of hope really...we each have a place, a contribution, a reason. For us who feel that only tenuously, it is maybe a book you should buy in its smallest size and keep it close, in that breast pocket, and consult it every time there is doubt. Emerge from the jungle, toilet cubicle or telephone box a new, epic you with a cape and wearing pants over tights!

For we each have a place.
We each contribute.
We are the reason.
This forest would be silent if you, my jungle friends, were not there.

Lets try to dance without inhibition.

Love from

The room above the garage
A Moodscope member.


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Hopeful One Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 6:18am

Hi RATG-awesome as ever. Hope is something we simply cannot afford to lose no matter how bad something looks and feels.For me Emily Dickson put it best in her poem ,

Hope



Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
and never stops at all
and sings the tune without the words
and never stops at all.

And sweetest in the gale is heard:
and sore must be the storm
that abashed the little bird
that kept so many warm.

I have heard it in the chilliest land
and on the strangest sea
Yet ,never,in extremity
It asked a crumb of me.

I think if every depressed person could be convinced this they will climb out of their depression faster than they would otherwise.This was something I achieved and for that reason I baptized myself the Hopeful One.

Di Murphey Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 7:47am

Dearest Room Above The Garage ~
Ack! Hopeful One quoted my all-time favorite poem by Dickenson. How absolutely lovely!

And, yes. I also love children's books. And I write them. And iillustrate them.

The lessons are deeply helpful as an adult. It is as though I missed them as a child ~ or maybe I just didn't pay attention. I do not know at this point in my life (turning 65 this month).

"I frequently find the best nuggets of wisdom come from children's books. Giraffe's Can't Dance is the story of one animal who believes dancing is something he is incapable of and therefore feels he has no place in the jungle celebrations. And then Gerald finds his place. It's a glorious message of hope really...we each have a place, a contribution, a reason."

Yes. Dear dearest RATG. We do have a place. A contribution. A reason.
Lovingly I send you prayers & inspiration & thanks,
Di Murphey

The Entertrainer Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 8:17am

That's beautiful, Hopeful One... and I totally agree. I shall relish your name with fresh pleasure.

The Entertrainer Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 8:19am

Dearest Di... a couple of nosy questions - I'd love to know when your birthday is - but not sure that's something we share here, and I'd like to know where I can find your books.

The Entertrainer Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 8:22am

Dearest RATG - once again you strike a chord on my heart-strings. I remember my horror when my youngest came back from school and declared he needed to read to me! I soon got over the shock, but it was the closing of an era... and an error, of course, because we could have job-shared! I loved reading to my children, and I still love being read to now. Perhaps this is one of our ways to contribute... let there be stories in the forest!

Julia Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 8:39am

Lovely story ratg. And thank you for reminding me of the poem Hopeful One and even more for writing it out.

Julia Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 8:43am

Hello Di. I am a Capricorn too. I always sense an affinity with other Capricorns.xx

Anonymous Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 9:40am

Beautiful......and funny. Thankyou

Anonymous Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 10:34am

Have often wondered at your name...thank you, Hopeful One!

Anonymous Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 10:36am

RATG - are you asking? Then I'm dancing! Thank you! Karen x

Anonymous Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 2:56pm

Yes I have one line in Giraffes can't dance which even makes the hairs on my arm stand up when I've read it with my son......the point it's making is so simple yet so powerful. I get a similar feeling from Julia Donaldson's line in the Snail and the Whale about being a small part of something much bigger (she gazed and gazed amazed by it all and said to the whale I feel so small). I think it's the reading aloud of children's books that adds to the impact. There are opportunities to grow and learn all around us if approach the world much like a child does. Our inner child is still there no matter how old we are!

Anonymous Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 3:54pm

Hopeful One is a grand moniker, more so now we know how it came about. And you will never feel otherwise! Love from the room above the garage x.

Anonymous Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 3:58pm

Ditto Lex, can I lay my hands on a book or two? i would love to be able to illustrate...that would be my dream life. Love ratg x p.s. thoughts with you and your brother.

Anonymous Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 4:03pm

I looked into reading to old folks as a volunteer but have yet to find something. I adore reading out loud, especially children's books as their messages are so simple but strong. I imagine you will now have a never ending request of stories to read from your little granddaughters!

Anonymous Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 4:04pm

Forgot my manners again...it's me, ratg!

Anonymous Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 4:06pm

Hello and thank you Julia x. Everything back to 'normal' in terms of catering for the masses? Love ratg.

Anonymous Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 4:07pm

:-) pleasure, love ratg x.

Anonymous Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 4:09pm

Have my sequinned pants on and have abandoned my anxiety at door, all ready! Let's Dance! Love ratg x.

Anonymous Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 4:15pm

I completely agree. Lets be kids! Which line is it in Giraffes Can't that gives you goosebumps? Love ratg x.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 4:20pm

Oh RATG, I knew it was you by the end of the first paragraph and I am so shocked that I have missed out on Griaffes Can't Dance! How can that be? I feel yet another trip to Amazon coming on.

Yes, I love to dance as if nobody's watching but all too often find that my children are actually watching and they are just SO embarrassed!!!

Joining you with the purple legwarmers on!

Julia Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 7:56pm

Ha! How do you remember all this? You are clearly a very sensitive caring person. I have just had the French neighbours round. Didn't feel like it one bit. I have had a difficult time recently sleep wise. xxxx

Di Murphey Sat, Jan 10th 2015 @ 9:31pm

Dearest Entertainer, Julia, and RATG ~
Let me check with Caroline on the birthday thing. And you cannot find my books ... yet! I can send you the latest storyboard by email if that is deemed appropriate.

I am actually Aquarius, Julia.

You must begin illustrating, RATG. Just start. Thank you for your thoughts of my sweet brother.
Lovingly,
Di

amrose Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 3:42am

You Moodscopers are just so lovely. Been away a while trying some other things. It's sweet to return.

Room Above the Garage, I would listen to you read your own words happily for hours. Thank you for your poetry.

Hopeful One, I live near the Dickinson homestead. A few years ago there was a fabulous public art installation of little white houses all over the open spaces around Emily's house and downtown Amherst. The houses had a word or phrase on each wall and roof slope, snippets from one of her poems. The bits of this poem were: Hope perches (roof), in the soul (side), and sings (side), and never stops (roof), at all (side), at all (side). You can see photos of the houses at http://www.actionartinc.com/Action_Art_Inc./Gallery.html#0. "Hope and Feathers" is also the name of a gallery and framing shop across the street from the Homestead. Also one of my favorite Emily poems.

Andra

Anonymous Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 7:32am

simply.....we all can dance when we find the music that we love"....read it tonight again with my sonthanks again for the reminder. We have A LOT of books.... often thanks to a very good local charity shop....so sometimes we can forget we have these favourites hidden in our pile somewhere!) Love the pictures of Gerald dancing with wild abandon....my morning dancing in the kitchen to the local radio hits is a lot like that!

Hopeful One Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 8:08am

Hi Andra- thank you for the information which is really appreciated. And apologies to all for not noticing the typos among them misspelling Dickinson and repeating the last two lines. of the first stanza. I would love to blame it on the size of the comment tile as I cannot see what I have written in its entirety needing to scroll up and down and losing my sense of the line positions!

The Entertrainer Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 10:31am

Dearest Di
I'm going to be so blown away in a great way if we share the same birthday! Caroline knows she can give you my email address - I'd love to see your storyboard.
Blessed Wishes
L'xx

The Entertrainer Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 10:32am

Hi RATG...
...I've started recording stories for my Granddaughters because I really don't see them enough. It's great practice!!!... and it is something I would have treasured - if I'd had recordings of my lovely Grandma. She was blind - so made up her own stories and songs. So gifted.
L'xx

The Entertrainer Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 10:35am

Thanks for the link to the photos of the houses, Andra. I really enjoyed flicking through that gallery... inspiring.
L'xx

Laura Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 5:43pm

Holy cow (or giraffe)! Thank you, Room Above the Garage.

"For we each have a place.
We each contribute.
We are the reason.
This forest would be silent if you, my jungle friends, were not there."

Thank you.

Anonymous Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 11:41pm

I like this

Anonymous Tue, Jan 13th 2015 @ 8:51am

Lovely! Really special, and to keep. :-) thanks, the Hopeful One, for such a gift for the soul. You are a treasure for sharing.

Anonymous Tue, Jan 13th 2015 @ 8:55am

What a great idea, my husband did this for our daughter 30 years ago, cassettes for when he was away travelling on business. Valued today still.

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