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Jewish World Review
March 2, 2012/ 8 Adar, 5772
Can't shake the Hokey Pokey
As a general rule, I'd rather dance in a large group than in
a small group. In a large group, you can always deflect attention
away from your own dull repetitive moves to some crazy young guy
spinning on his back on the floor.
I recently suspended the no-dancing-in-a-small group policy,
however, on a visit to the twin granddaughters about to turn 18
months-old. The girls often begin their day listening to a music
CD for children. The music occupies the girls and for some reason
delays their interactions with one another, which often necessitate
their mother issuing reprimands like:
"Don't walk on your sister's back!"
"Oh, such a loving sis - don't bite!"
"Don't step on your sister's head!"
"Release her hair! Release her hair, right now!"
You get the picture.
Being that "The Hokey Pokey" is in their morning CD lineup, I
thought it a good idea to demonstrate the motions to the song for
the girls. I threw my right leg in, my right leg out, did the hokey
pokey and turned myself around. I'm not saying it was wedding reception
quality dancing, but it was no slouchy car dancing.
The girls just stared. Actually, the one may have been glaring.
The next morning I went through the dance motions again, throwing
my foot in and my foot out, my leg in and my leg out. One of the
girls lifted her foot and plopped it down. It could have been the
start of "The Hokey Pokey." Or she could have been stomping on a
Cheerio. Still, I was encouraged. The other twin just stared.
The next morning I again did the hokey pokey and one of the girls
clearly put her leg in and her leg out. She didn't turn herself
around, but she was on board with the hokey pokey. By afternoon,
both girls were putting their legs in and their legs out.
That evening, we played the song again and the younger twin slipped
her hand beneath her thigh and just held her leg up to accommodate
By the next day, whenever they heard any music of any sort, they
began throwing their legs in and their legs out. They did the hokey
pokey to pop music, classical, show tunes and waltzes. Every song,
ring tone and commercial jingle was an invitation to throw their
legs in and their legs out.
Soon they didn't even need music. At the grocery store: put your
leg in and your leg out. In the elevator: put your leg in and your
leg out. In the bathtub: put your leg in and your leg out.
I have returned home and, because we enjoyed "The Hokey Pokey"
so many times, "The Hokey Pokey" has followed me. It is now the
song I can't get out of my head. It is there when I wake up and
when I go to sleep. It pops into my head when I'm working, driving,
walking, talking, reading, doing about anything.
Yesterday I was waiting in a long line at the post office. I
felt a woman staring at me and realized I had been absent mindedly
putting my foot in and my foot out.
I was momentarily embarrass
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