I dreamed of that ballroom we saw in that movie, you know the one, with the old-timey music that flooded the air, Glenn Miller I think, or maybe Jimmy Dorsey, and those tiny tables that could only fit napkins and two martini glasses (at least our TV trays can fit a Hungry Man Dinner and a biscuit). The couples danced in rhythmic seizures, the war was over or maybe not begun, bright colors and balloons, sweaty but not in a smelly way, and everyone was crazy alive, and they looked like Blondie and Dagwood. Yeah, I dreamed we were dancing, really moving, and we danced the Charleston, hands and grins all over the place, and people watched and they envied our sway, and I looked up and saw elegant chandeliers, and I remember you said we should get one of those for the cabin, and I promised you I would look. And now it’s 4 a.m., I’m online, and honey, I don’t think it would fit in the living room. But I did find a nice set of candles and a Big Band CD collection, and we can dance like stink in the backyard if we want, and maybe drink wine coolers from our much bigger TV trays.


10 thoughts on “Chandeliers

  1. Annika Perry April 23, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Steven, you really capture the old-world era with just a few references and I like how it swings to the big dreams of that word being recreated in a normal humdrum life.

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  2. patriciaruthsusan April 24, 2017 / 11:15 am

    That was even before my time but I love watching the old movies and listening to the music. That’s one of the reasons I also like Agatha Christie movies and TV mysteries. Just so I don’t have to go back there and take the good with the bad. I love the comparisons, Steven. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Steven Baird April 24, 2017 / 11:15 pm

      Thank you, Suzanne. I enjoy the older movies (and music) too. The cars and the fedoras and the sharp suits. I know I tend to romanticize the past, but some days it all sounds so pleasant.

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  3. Think. Write. Inspire. April 26, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    You are so creative! You always paint a picture. I enjoyed how the narrator couldn’t describe things precisely. I feel like I often talk this way. Good job!

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  4. dancingpalmtrees May 14, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    The Make Believe Ballroom, The Big Band era, Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington. All my parents generation but I still remember them playing those old 78 records on what Mom called the Victrola. Thanks for the time travel.

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    • Steven Baird May 15, 2017 / 10:03 am

      Thank you. There’s something about Big Band music always gets my feet to tapping. I think it sets a mood of nostalgia even though it predates me… music that even now feels vital.

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