Salsa in the dark / Salsa dans le noir

March 28, 2010
From March 2010

It’s earth hour, our lights are out. I’ve memorized the location of my wine glass on the table and am listening to salsa music my husband turned on while I was preparing risotto for tonight’s dinner. In the background I hear happy sounds and splashes. Elana is enjoying a candle lit bath.

Salsa makes me smile. My friend Ramiro told me once I never stopped smiling. He took me salsa dancing often! He smiles a lot too, he smiles with his eyes and his voice too… He has a happy soul. I miss dancing with him. I miss him. Salsa music makes me wanna dance too. Let’s go!

We saw some interesting choreographies today back at Drumlin farm for their Woolapalooza -sheep shearing event. We watched dogs herd sheep together, something Elana really enjoyed. In my memories,  sheep didn’t really like this and tried to get away, but today they just chilled, leaning against the shearer, patiently waiting to loose the 8-10lbs of wool they’d been carrying all winter. We cleaned, washed and carded the wool, watched it being spun and died. Then we weaved… It was fun. I had forgotten I’d done all these things when I was a child.

Interesting fact: Sheep use to shed their wools naturally when the weather warmed up, but we bread them in such a way that they don’t shed anymore and rely on us to cut it off.

Later a friend said  “her world got a little smaller”, it sounded like she’d found another piece of her life puzzle. It was thrilling. I’m still looking for my pieces. Though today I wondered if some of my pieces belonged to someone else’s puzzle too and I if maybe I should look for some of my pieces in other people’s puzzles. So as my world comes together I become more aware of all its connections and it will make it feel smaller. I think.

Back to the music, my glass of wine and the flicker of  candles.

From March 2010

C’est l’heure de la planète, les lumières sont éteintes. J’ai mémorisé la location de mon verre de vin sur la table et écoute la salsa que mon mari a mis pendant que je préparais le risotto de ce soir. En arrière fond, j’entends des joyeux jeux d’eau. Elana est dans son bain, et la salle de bain est remplie de bougies.

La salsa me fait sourire. Mon ami Ramiro m’a dit une fois que je n’arrêtais pas de sourire. Il m’emmenait toujours danser la salsa! Ca me manque de danser avec lui. Il me manque. Lui aussi il sourit beaucoup, avec les yeux et sa voix aussi, il a une âme heureuse. La salsa ça me donne aussi envie de danser. Alors on y va?_

On a vu de jolies choréographies aujourd’hui, orchestrées par les chiens qui rassemblaient les moutons à la ferme de Drumlin pour un leur Woolapalooza. On a observé le tondeur de mouton découper d’un coup et en qques minutes leur toisons d’hiver. Dans mes souvenirs, les moutons se bébataient, mais aujourd’hui, ils semblaient content de se retrouver avec 5kg de moins et se laissaient faire. On a nettoyé puis lavé la laine, peigné et cardé les fibres puis observé le filetage avant d’aider à teindre la laine. On a même pu tisser! Ca m’a rappelé plein de souvenirs…

Je retourne maintenant à mon verre de vin, la musique et la lumière dansante des bougies

One Response to Salsa in the dark / Salsa dans le noir

  1. Unemployed on March 28, 2010 at 4:17 am

    girl! i think we're holding some of each other's pieces! and my puzzle isn't even close to being complete. i've barely got the edge finished. but i hope i never finish putting it together because there's nothing more anti-climactic than the moment after you complete a puzzle… the…now what? hahahhai love how you put it though…today I wondered if some of my pieces belonged to someone else's puzzle too and I if maybe I should look for some of my pieces in other people's puzzles. So as my world comes together I become more aware of all its connections and it will make it feel smaller.si! si! si!siiiiiiiiiiii you tomorrow! 😉

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