01-11 The Lily Connection January 2011

The Lily Connection

January 2011

Theme for the month:

Dance of JOY


I knew all the way back in July what I wanted to get for him.  We were on the boat, listening to a CD on the portable player when the subject came up.  “Do we have Stevie B on CD?” Glen asked.  “No, we have it on cassette,” I said.  It would have been perfect to hear at the moment, we both agreed.  That’s when I made a note that it would be in his stocking at Christmas. 


I admit, may-be I shouldn’t have waited until the Sunday before Christmas to go to the store and buy this CD, but that’s what I did.  I walked into the only big music store we have around here and asked the first clerk I laid eyes on.  “Do you have Stevie B?  The one with ‘Spring Love’ on it~ that’s my husband’s favorite song.”  The clerk remarked that it was in the Pop area and I followed him over to the “S” section.  “Oh, I am sorry it’s not here.  Let me check to see if we are sold out.”  Oh, dear.  My heart sank.  I never expected the store to be OUT of my number one, special gift~ the only very special gift I planned to put in his stocking…  The clerk came back and verified, yes, the store was out of stock, but perhaps I would like to order a copy, although it would not be in before Christmas.  My heart sank more.  I think the floor actually moved under me and I found it difficult to speak or change my position in any way.  I became completely motionless.  I am sure I had a strange, blank look on my face, too.  The clerk raised his eyebrows and slowly stepped away.  I can be so weird sometimes.


But I couldn’t leave.  I couldn’t leave the store without Stevie B.  I stared at the section where the CD should be and kept wishing the CD were there.  I was WILLING the CD to appear.  Finally, I started to wander through the whole Pop section from “A” to “Z” looking either for my CD to appear or to see something else I could possibly buy to replace the idea of Stevie B.  Nothing materialized.  I went back and stared at the “S” section again, as if something might have changed since I was there three minutes ago.  I sighed and decided to order the CD and put a note in his stocking to say “Spring Love” would be coming.  The line was long, my heart was heavy and I slowly made it to the register.


I explained what I wanted to order and she keyed it into her computer (a different clerk from the one I had before) and said, “But we have this CD in our store.”  I said, “Really?  Where?” and she said, “Oh it’s over in our ‘Dance’ section.”   DANCE SECTION?  OH BOY, that’s what I did.  I started to dance right inside this store.   It started with a jig and then I think I started to do the peppermint twist.  *IT WAS THE DANCE OF JOY* I was so HAPPY!  The clerk was so moved by my reaction, she started to dance, too and the two of us sashayed over to the dance section and there it was.  It may as well been blinking in neon lights with confetti shooting out of it.  I do believe the clerk was as exited as I was and when she handed me the sparkling package, I did what any crazy-fool-dancing-in-the-middle-of-a-record-store-gal would do, I gave it a kiss.


Glen gave me a kiss when he opened it, and then later when he heard “Spring Love” as it played in the car on Christmas Day, he sang his little heart out.  I think this whole experience serves to remind us of some very important lessons as we head into this shiny New Year.  One is that it feels really, really good to do something that causes another to sing his or her little heart out; Two is that sometimes when you want something bad enough, you actually can WILL it to exist; and Three, never hold back the dance of joy~ you never know who will join in!  C’mon everybody, LET’S DANCE!


*** DO THE DANCE OF JOY this January***


Lily’s Life Lesson #106


Happy thoughts

are like confetti.


To think them

is like sending out

a billion

sparkling particles

that fill the air

in a super



Do it often.


It twinkles





Behind the theme:

Sometimes I feel like I am alone when it comes to feeling BURSTING bouts of happiness.  But it only means I kept it inside somehow because as soon as I express the happy particles, someone chimes in!  It is wonderful when that happens and it truly means that sharing stuff is really, really good!  It doesn’t take much, either.  I think deep down inside, people are just waiting for a fun moment to spark out of no-where.  Do you know what I mean?  The happy particles.  Yeah, we gotta make those things fly as often as possible…


The Year of Lily 2010 in Review:

In January, we had “that little something extra” and found out more than one way to use a pair of underwear!

In February, we saw how opposites attract and the way that our sudden desire to shed joy on another is equally received by the perfect timing of having the other person need it.

In March, we had “Lucky Cake and Dream Cream Frosting” and played with the idea that life need not be as serious as we thought it need be.

In April, we found “New Life,” made Sunshine Pants and listed 11 ways to breathe in happiness every day.

In May we spun our colorful tops and decided to “Choose our Energy.”

In June, we had “Happy Toes” and dove head first into the deliciousness of summer!

In July, we had an “Epiphany” and if I am not mistaken, I believe we actually found the tunnel into the Universe.

In August, we played with perfection in a way that celebrates your talents and lets you EXPRESS yourself no matter what!

In September, we sat in awe appreciating people for who they are and went “wabi-sabi” impersonating an ostrich!

In October, the craziness continued with “Alligator Soup” and enjoying / living in the moment.

In November, we learned how to “Relax Everything” and be at peace.

In December, we hugged a “Patchwork of Pieces” and realized that if life is a quilt, the best pieces are often the crazy pieces and when we stand back and look at this quilt, we hope to say, “WOW!  What else can I add to it!”

And now we are DANCING WITH JOY as we head into this new fantastic year of 2011*** Oh My Goodness, it’s going to be AMAZING! 

The Secret Place to say a little bit more:

Ever since I started to write this connection, the phrase “Spring Love” has been wafting through my mind… Oh so lovely a thought while I am looking at piles of snow outside my window!  And yet I think it is even more wonderful exactly because of that juxtaposition.  My mind is skating forward for a moment to warm breezes and the dew drop sweetness of spring and all things new and blooming.  I can’t help it.  I love to think about things like vibrant flowers peeking through an icy layer of snow and fresh new beginnings happening all over the place!!!  IT IS NEW YEAR’S DAY, MY FRIENDS!  Oh My Goodness, throw up your confetti and shout with me!  Throw those happiness particles all OVER the place!

See you next month!


©2011 Elizabeth L. Theodore

 Author and dreamer of the

Lil Cuckoo Co.
Crazy Cool Happiness
from the Inside Out.

P.O. Box 288
Mystic, CT 06355

Lil Cuckoo Mission Statement: To share the happiness and pure joy in life through a free flowing spirit of hope, love, laughter, and oh yes, just a little bit of cuckoo…

SMILE… Everything around you lights up when you smile. ~ E.L. Theodore


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