Me and my Baby Whale

I am not as sore today as I thought I would be. I went to my first belly dance class last night, and at the end of it I was sweating and my hips were mad at me, but today I feel good. Signing up for belly dance lessons is another step on my journey to love myself, just as I am.

I have always had a belly and it has always bothered me. I hate looking at pictures of myself because all I can focus on is my abdomen. It looks like I am carrying a baby whale in a front pack. I look perpetually pregnant. Even when I was in high school and weighed 105 lbs., I still had a poochy belly. No amount of sit ups made it shrink; as a matter of fact, it seemed to get rounder.

A couple of months ago, a friend announced that she was starting a belly dance class. She has danced for years and is a gentle, funny, non-judgmental person, so I thought I might give it a try. I have always loved watching women dance, and the clothes! Fantasy city!

But life intervened, as it often does; I became engrossed in other things and I didn’t sign up. Last Sunday, when I got to the UU church for our Samhain rite, there was a group of women there finishing up. It was the dance class. I promised myself I would go the next week.

I felt a little bad that I started so late, but I wasn’t the only newcomer, so I don’t think I held the others back too much. It was fun to move to the beat of the drums and the women’s songs, and although I have A LOT to learn, I am looking forward to becoming more comfortable moving my body in this way. Me and my baby whale are looking forward to next week!


Photo by Jaeme-Adelle Hughes.


1 Comment

  1. Dina said,

    November 5, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Maggie, it is never too late to start! One step (urm, dance step) at a time! I wanted to try it some day too. I’m not sure if my rods and screws will permit it. But, it is definitely worth the effort!

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