Thursday, October 1, 2009

Now I've Had The Time Of My Life

Tonight Son found a rerun of Dirty Dancin' on Cable. He confessed he had never seen it. I confess I reduced myself quickly to the status of "blubbering idiot" as soon as I started watching.

It's not just that Patrick Swayze is dead. Yea, that will make me cry. After all, I grew up on P.S. movies - and drooled over all of them. Ok ok I admit my sisters and I watched the ending of Dirty Dancin' 26 times one night. Yes I typed that right 26. So what? We would have easily hit 100 if the men had not insisted we were burning the tape....

And Roadhouse. and the Outsiders. and Ghost.

see Dirty Dancin came out around 1987. When I was in love. right before I got married. In fact, we toyed with having "She's like the Wind" as our First Dance. And so despite everything -my Rebuilding classes, my Boyfriend, my growth - it doesn't matter. I see patrick Swayze, I hear the music, and I am instantly back in 1987 when I was loved. When the future was wide open.

Back in 1987 I was going to be married to a Prince. I was going to have beautiful babies and train them up in the way that they should go. (Yes that's Ephesians). I was going to dance at their weddings with their Father and sit on a rocking chair on our front porch.

Then well, it all went to hell. And here I am 20+ years later. Patrick is dead. The Ex Is, well, the Ex.

And I? Watch Dirty dancin' and cry. incessently. For everything. For Patrick. For lost love. For people who can't dance. for Cancer. For a lost way of life. For well, I don't know. All Things Lost.


Busy Bee Suz said...

You are something. I watch this movie and cry for so many things too. Not the lost love, but the lost summer camp. The lost dance classes. the lost everything.....oh!!! See? we all see these past memories in our own way?!?
I wanted this song for our introductory song at our reception. "I've had the time of my life" (but hey, it is not over yet) But the DJ just lost his dad the prior week and did not have his act together and we ended up with some other song that I can't remember right now!!
Really though, I could watch any PS movie on any given weekend and call it a day. :) LOVE him. Love reliving old days, even if they were not the best days.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Oh. I'm hugging you right now.

The best is yet to be. I promise.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Isn't it strange--the things that resonate with us forever. Sometimes it's hard to move on.

ModernMom said...

This movie brings me to tears every time. It also sends me right back to where I was and what I was doing.
Hugs to you for what you have lost, but, if I may, Cheers to you for what you have accomplished since then~!

blognut said...

I hear you loud and clear on this one. I loved Dirty Dancing so much that I had to take a break from it for several years because I was starting to burn myself out on it.

She's Like the Wind. Oh, my. I think I need a moment. :)

Also - those old memories from when you first learned to love this movie are precious. But you have a whole lot of new memories in the making now. xo

Anonymous said...

I'm confused...duh now that's something different.
Anyway, I thought the kids were in college yet you write of fixing a first day of school breakfast. What's up, did I miss something?

Love your blog. Went back and read it from the beginning.

Anonymous said...

Swayze was one of the first "boys" I pulled from Teen Beat magazine and taped to my wall. I beat my younger brother and his friend when I caught them drawing ink-pen mustaches on him, young Ralph the karate kid & baby-faced Rob Lowe. Mom made them buy me 4 replacement Teen Beats, but it wasn't the same.
I'm gonna smack my bro the next time I see him. He may have 7 inches and 100 pounds up on me now, but if I mention ink-pen mustaches,he'll let me by with it.
Ame in TN

Secretia said...

I can't watch Dirty Dancing too many times, it never gets old, I'm with you on that!