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The Life You've Always Wanted, John Orteberg writes;


Sometime ago I was giving a bath to our 3 children. I had a custom of bathing together, more to save time than anything else. I knew that eventually I would have to stop group bathing, but for the time being it seemed efficient.


Johnny was still in the tub, Laura was out and safely in her pajamas, and I was trying to get Mallory dried off. Mallory was out of the water, but was doing what has come to be known in our family as the Dee Dah Day dance. This consists of running around and around in circles, singing over and over again, "Dee dah day, dee dah day." It was a relatively simple dance expressing great joy. When she is too happy to hold it in any longer, when words are inadequate to give voice to her euphoria, she has to dance to releases her joy. So she does the Dee Dah Day.


On this particular occasion I was irritated. "Mallory Hurry!" I prodded. So she did. She began running in circles faster and faster and chanting "Dee Dah Day" more rapidly. "No Mallory,. that is not what I mean! Stop with the dee dah day stuff and get over here so I can dry you off. Hurry!"


Then she asked a profound question; "Why?"


I had no answer. I had nowhere to go, nothing to do, no meetings to attend, no sermons to write. I was just so used to hurrying, so preoccupied with my own little agenda, so trapped in this rut of moving from one task to another, that here was life, here was joy, here was an invitation to the dance right in front of me and I was missing it.


So I got up and Mallory and I did the Dee Dah Day Dance together.

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