Inner and Outer Beauty

Here’s an update regarding the ongoing saga of my injuries: my back and toe are much better, but I seem to have a stress fracture of one of the little bones on top of my foot. I admire my consistency, however, because all of this is on my LEFT side.

This time the stupidity was caused by my sad attempts to remember Swan Lake choreography and practice fouettes, which I haven’t done in FOREVER. I wasn’t wearing pointe shoes or even soft ballet shoes; I was barefoot on a hard tile floor. Like I said, STUPID.

Why Swan Lake? Well, the last time I saw my Angel Kids, we were in the car when Swan Lake came on the radio. I yelled out, ” That’s SWAN LAKE!” T asked me what that was and I explained the story of the dance to him while we were listening. When the music gets to the part where the court jester does those incredible gravity defying grand jetes and double split cabrioles, I told him that it takes a very athletic, very talented dancer to jump like that, and he was intrigued.

I promised I’d take him to see Swan Lake as soon as it came to town. When we got home, he said to Siri, “Play Swan Lake” and then he sat on the sofa and became lost in the beauty of Tchaikovsky.

Anyway, that’s how I hurt my foot.

I can’t really put any weight on it, so I’m once again reclining on the sofa with my everpresent ice pack on yet another part of my little body.

C’est la vie! No one to blame but myself. I am NOT and never was Margot Fonteyn lol (ballet snob reference).

Here’s a few photos from inside and outside as I hobble around.

I stopped to admire the sun shining brightly on these indoor plants. I couldn’t capture the whole wall in one photo, but there’s a matching cabinet to the right. It’s a very pretty room.

Meet my special bunny friend. He’s slightly lighter in color than the rest of the family and he comes out more during the day than the others. This was taken right outside my bedroom window. Good morning, brave little one!

Because of relentless RATS, I had to pick these strawberries just before they were 100% ripe to save them from being half eaten and discarded.

I am reminded of a starfish with this spider lily. What a perfectly lovely specimen!

Check this out; it’s not a ballet but it’s danced by the great danseur, Sergei Polunin, to Hozier’s “Take Me To Church”. Choreography by Jade Hale-Christofi. (In 2010, at the age of nineteen, Polunin became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer). He is truly amazing as an artist, but I read things about him PERSONALLY that aren’t all that savory in regards to some homophobic and sexist Instagram posts, so his invitation to perform in the Paris Opéra Ballet‘s performance of Swan Lake was revoked.

10 thoughts on “Inner and Outer Beauty

  1. The left side- the feminine. Breaking down the old to bring in the new. Just what’s going on in the world right now. That said, I can just about see you up on your toes, arms outstretched. How beautiful that you’re passing down your love of Swan Lake. I have a cousin who spent an entire career dancing and then teaching ballet (at a college in Michigan). When I was young, my mom would take us to see him in the Nutcracker every winter.

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    • Thank you but I need to correct your vision! No gracefulness anymore plus I was washing windows too so it was more funny, but that music just gets to me every time! Where in Michigan? That’s where I first started dancing, and ended up taking lessons with Detroit City Ballet. Too short to be anything significant plus I have horrible leg extension but I do LOVE ballet. Can’t wait to take the kids. My mom and I took my son to Nutcracker just before she died, so it’s a tradition.

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      • My cousin danced for a few different companies along the way, and then he and his wife (who also danced) moved to MI where they raised a family, and he was faculty at Interlochen Arts Academy and recently retired as a professor at Western Michigan University.

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  2. Your Chinese cabinets look to be the same vintage as mine. I saw Sleeping Beauty performed by the Royal Ballet when I was in China. It was amazing. As a foreign guest (teacher) the province invited me to every grand thing that came along. It was wonderful. Take care of your foot. I think your dance was brave and I’m sorry you got hurt.

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