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Topic: BUSY (02/02/17)
- TITLE: Dancing Doralee
By Leola Ogle
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Well, that wasn’t entirely true, was it? It did sound better than Karl left her for a co-worker twenty years his junior. Silly man. And after thirty-two years of marriage. Admittedly, it had never been a good marriage, but still, she had been committed to it. Too bad Karl wasn’t.
The marriage had produced two great children – Logan and Alyssa. Alyssa was the reason Doralee was studying herself in the mirror. “Mom, Dad ain’t ever coming back. What’s he onto now – girlfriend number four? You need to get out and meet someone. You’re what? Fifty-six? Get in shape. Fix yourself up. Here’s your birthday present.”
“What’s this? A watch?”
“No, Mom. It’s a Fitbit. It’ll motivate you to get off your duff and get busy exercising. Look, I already set it up on your phone. We’re Fitbit friends, so we can check each other’s daily progress. It’ll be fun.”
Doralee stared at the black band strapped to her wrist, then at Alyssa. Alyssa was her friend? Like on Facebook? And how could this thing motivate her to exercise? Nothing showed on it. Until she tapped it. Then little lights flashed. Alyssa did something on her phone and an app opened showing Doralee’s steps as zero.
“Walk across the room, Mom.”
Doralee did, then the app showed forty-two steps. “Well, I’ll be a circus monkey. Look at that.”
Alyssa kissed her cheek and headed to the door. “No more laziness, Mom.”
“Lazy? I’m busy all the time. Every day at my job.”
“You sit at a desk. That’s not exercise.”
“I do housework.”
“Once a week. You’re a neat freak, so when does the house get dirty? Exercise, Mom. Walking. It won’t kill you. Get a friend from church to walk with you.”
Doralee sighed. That was another thing that happened when Karl left. She found Jesus. She didn’t know she was looking for him – or should’ve been looking for him. But, that’s what her kids said, “Our mom found Jesus.” She started attending church with a co-worker, Maria, and loved it. Maybe Maria would walk with her. “I’m sorry, friend. I’m too busy. Maybe next month,” Maria said.
After three days, Alyssa called. “Mom, why aren’t you walking? I set a low goal – 6000 steps a day. It’s doable.”
“Why are you obsessed with me exercising? So I can get in shape and meet someone? I joined the Singles Group at church. It’s a step. Not a step that shows on my Fitbit.”
“Because I love you. Because it’s unhealthy that you do nothing but sit and watch television when you’re home. Because heart problems run in your family and you need to exercise. Just walk, Mom. You’re only doing 2000-3000 steps a day.”
Alyssa wouldn’t stop bugging her. Was there a way to cheat on Fitbit? Maria chuckled when Doralee told her. “Sure, but it’s not exactly cheating. When you cook, do dishes, or clean the refrigerator, do dance steps. Stand in place, but keep your feet moving. Watch me.” Maria wiped her desk while she did a rumba with her feet.
Doralee laughed and tried it. “That’s it, Doralee. Keep the feet busy.”
When Doralee got home, she did a jig while warming soup on the stove. She tangoed while loading the dishwasher. She tap-danced putting groceries away. She giggled when she caught her reflection in the window. She looked ridiculous, but she didn’t care. Her heart was pumping, her cheeks were flushed, and she felt exhilarated.
Maybe it wouldn’t catch her a man, but she was having fun. It was exciting to watch her step-counter on the Fitbit app go up and up. She hopped, jumped, jiggled, wiggled, and danced her way around her house doing ordinary, everyday things.
The Fitbit thing was addicting. Sometimes she danced around the house with the phone in her hand so she could watch the steps increase. Alyssa was pleased and impressed. Logan wasn’t. “Mom, I hope you’re not walking alone at night in your neighborhood.”
“Humph. Don’t bother me, son. I'm busy getting my steps in.”
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