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The Surprise & Joy of Tom

I would let out a squeal -I couldn’t help it, the way Tom spun – I would be lifted, just a little, off the ground and that squeal of surprise and joy would just come out. 

That’s what Tom brought, surprise and joy.  In the 11 years I danced with Tom, Sue and our whole gaggle of Bridgewater area folks, surprise and joy. Weaving in and out, moving up and down and through- grasping hands to get the slight pull needed for the next turn;

Tom and I played off each other, there was always an extra tap, an extra smile or funny movement as we passed. 

As Sam gave instructions, Tom took the chance to share an observation that would either add to the dance or pull the whole group of us into a wave of giggles. At break he often had a Bridgewater story to share:  about the guys at Lucky Star Gas, or his next show with the Male Bonding Band and BSU Choir; the subject tackled at UU Church on Sunday or a project he and Barry were working on.  These were mixed with tales of recent visits with his kids and adventures with Sue. Tom loved it all and shared stories about all with joy and enthusiasm.

There were often Fridays when I finished the BuzzAround edits a little past 7 and rushed into Friday Community Dance  7:15 or 7:20. Arriving to everyone receiving instruction in the large circle or  in mid dance. Without fail, Tom would yell out “ Hi Jacquie!” disrupting whatever was going on, effectively welcoming me into the fold.  I yelled back “Hi Tom!” as I joined in; the surprise eliciting a quiet chuckle from the group, as we all turned our attention back to the dance. 

Without fail, Tom dashed over to lower the lights as we started our closing Sacred Circle Dance, cherishing the moment of spiritual connection. He revered our final moments together as we wove our spirits together in gratitude and peace. All will be well again, I know, Tom, but right now we miss you. 

On Friday July 12 at 6:30 we are having a Community Dance Special, kicking it up with Squares and Contras instructed and called by Chris Riccardi. (so Sam can dance with us) and in Tom’s memory we’ll make a donation to the 1st Unitarian Universalist Church. 

I hope you can join us. Tickets are on this link.