Country Dancing

Somewhere in the Middle


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Although my subject for this month’s article may draw some opinionated views, I must admit that during December I have interactions with people who truly believe that it is the “most wonderful time of the year” and also others who feel that it is the “most depressing time of the year.” Honestly, I fall somewhere in the middle of those two ends of the spectrum. 

On one hand, I appreciate those who love everything about this holiday season; from decorating, baking, shopping for gifts, wrapping of said gifts, cooking, caroling, and planning elaborate family visits. They seem to thrive on each of those stages, culminating in one or more family parties, and don’t forget the get-togethers with friends and neighbors!  

On the other hand, I recognize the people who don’t have plans and spend the holidays alone, for whatever reason; they might be the last surviving family member, may be estranged from their relatives, or have outlived their friends. Unfortunately, I have met more people in this situation since I started volunteering to drive a transportation van for the township in which I reside. 

For the most part, I transport senior citizens who can no longer operate a motor vehicle. Without exception, they all state how much they miss the ability to drive and be independent. This time of year, some of them talk about their holiday plans with their families; sadly, others say they will be spending the holidays alone. Hearing that breaks my heart and I wonder how many years they have been by themselves. 

Obviously, there might be someone reading this that isn’t looking forward to spending time with their relatives and might desire a quiet day alone. It’s ironic that during this time of reflection and thankfulness, we might yearn for what others take for granted. That’s precisely why I try to stay “somewhere in the middle” so I can enjoy the chaos of family, food, and festivities while understanding those who feel dread at this time of year. 

Here’s hoping you enjoy your holiday season and find some time to line dance! For my classes, I like to review dances we previously learned that fit with holiday songs. An example of this is using the song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee for this dance:

Rockin’ the Wagon Wheel

Another favorite of mine is Alan Jackson’s song “Honky Tonk Christmas” danced to this one:

Fun for All

Dori Yez teaches Country Line Dancing at these Ohio SCOPE Centers: Howland on Monday evenings (Seasoned Beginners) and Wednesday evenings (Improver & Intermediate) plus the same level in Cortland on Friday afternoons. Due to room size and attendance, Dori can no longer accept new students in any of her classes. There is a waiting list for a new “novice/beginner” class.

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