Paula Abdul - “Forever Your Girl” (5.84MB mp3 file)
Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my grandparents’ house in Savannah. The road in front of their house was only paved about 15 years ago, so I spent many a hot summer day in the middle of this (not at all busy) street, building sandcastles (dirtcastles?) and making mud pies with the help of their garden hose. I also spent a great deal of time on this dirt road, barefoot, with my little pink-and-grey boombox, making up dance routines to top-40 hits. A lot of time. My younger cousin would join me occasionally, but I did not mind one bit tearing up that dirt dance floor solo-style.
Yesterday, as I was walking around my neighborhood, I passed two young girls (probably about 10 years old) in their driveway, making up their own dance routines. I watched as they tried to perfect their amateur choreography, reprimanding each other if one missed a cue, remembering my time, barefoot on the dirt road, rehearsing my made-up moves to this song playing over and over on the little pink-and-grey boombox I rested atop my grandparents’ mailbox.