From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

April 1

It happened on an early September morning. As I came out the front door I saw her, out in the middle of the road. Dancing. My neighbor. A mother. A wife. Otherwise, quite mature. Dancing in her pajamas and robe, and wearing her giant furry-dog bedroom slippers. Sipping on coffee, curlers in her hair. Dancing and all alone, to the tune of some music only she could hear.

I stopped dead in my tracks. She saw me staring and laughed, and giggled and danced some more. And then she called out to me: “I have four children, and this morning, my youngest just went off to her first day of school. I’M FREEEEEE!” And she kept on dancing.

Raymond Aaron

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