Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow


One always thinks of the color yellow as relating to something positive like feeling happy. I was just reminded of a very vivid and happy moment in my childhood when I heard the record Venus by Frankie Avalon playing on a TV series last week. 

We were living in Vallejo, California, when my father’s submarine had to go into dry dock, and my mother so much wanted a break from living on “that damned island” of Hawaii. I was nine years old, and my sister was eleven. Karen was playing Venus on the portable record player when Dad decided to teach us how to dance the cha-cha. Oh, we were fast learners: Bailando con los pies es una cosa, pero bailando con el corazón es otra.

We must have played that record a hundred times, moving back and forth, back and forth, back and forth to that cha-cha beat. It was a moment so full of energy which is why I remember it so clearly: An open window where I could see my brother’s flat-topped, buzzed-cut head whizzing by as he roller-skated around the court; my father and Mr. Fagan talking and laughing on the other side of that old brown door that it vibrated just a bit; the hot sun shooting bolts of yellow around the room, around our moving bodies; that pink-labeled record swirling around the felt-topped turntable; the shuffling of our feet on the scuffed wooden floor. Yep, it was one of those life-is-gonna-be-OK moments. And that electric pulse just ping pinged around the room, making its way into my heart, bouncing off its walls until there it found its permanent resting place.

Daily Gratitude: cooking for tomorrow’s family Christmas party; a cozy woolen blanket; Christmases past

Quote of the Day: Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment, and happiness.

© Teresita Abad Doebley. All rights reserved 2009-2014




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