I'm working away on the eNewsletter (wrapping it up, hopefully). And I'm on the phone with Ashley discussing it and other projects when there's a knock at the front door. I see kids (I thought it was two) outside, offering to 'dance' for a dollar each. I ask them to wait and finish my call with Ashley, then head for my coin purse to get some $$$. It turns out there were three boys, so I head back for more quarters.
They tell me they attend Peninsula School, which is only a few blocks away from our house, actually. (Anyway, easy walking distance.) And they're in a dance contest at school -- and very excited about it.
So I'm sitting out on the front porch -- and each of the boys takes a turn to dance for me!
I paid them off, then was so delighted I went back for more quarters and lured them back again to pose for photos for me -- so I could share here (and at Facebook).
Greet Kwabena, Malik and Kwame!
Okay, sorry, but I can't recall which boy is which. (My bad.) You know what? They're all good kids. And when I asked them to pose together I didn't need to use my usual 'act like you like each other' line with them -- they just threw their arms around one another! They're obviously best friends and not afraid to show it!
This was one of those rare events in life that just makes a person feel GOOD. I haven't stopped smiling since I went out to meet them. I hope they got some good candy or other treat with their quarters. They really earned 'em! (And it's HOT out there to be dancing, believe me.)
I told them to keep practicing -- and to come back and let me know if they win! But I think ultimately that I'm the winner here. Don't you agree?
I hope some other neighbors found it worth some quarters to have them dance. But I suspect they all missed out on this special performance. Seriously, it's their loss!
Keep on dancin', boys!