Ask me what I did this weekend. I tidied the house, grocery shopped, broke a Guinness world record…for doing the hokey pokey! Yes, I did!
Well, I didn’t exactly do it alone. 2,568 people joined me to shake it all about on our Walkway over the Hudson (the world’s longest, elevated pedestrian bridge)
This newspaper article with videos describes the event.
So why did I do it? I think this week’s Monday Listicles prompt of ”things that make you go hmm” fits the bill.
I did it:
1- Because few weeks ago a friend sent me an e-mail with a link to the event and she said “I think I need to do this.” I laughed and thought to myself, “Hmmm, I think I’ll join her.”
2- Because it was silly- and I am prone to sillines.
3- Because it was an opportunity to be with friends.
4- Because it was outdoors in a beautiful spot.
5- Because it involved walking and dancing.
6- Because it was a fundraiser for the Walkway, which is amazing.
7- Because it was a fun, positive way to start the day.
8- Because it was something I would never forget.
9- Because it was a wonderful community event.
10- Because that’s what it’s all about.
And here is a Shakespearian version of the Hokey Pokey (the winning entry from a Washington Post Style Invitational contest asking readers to submit instructions for something- in the style of someone famous. This brilliant poem was written by Jeff Brechlin.
O proud left foot, that ventures quick within
Then soon upon a backward journey lithe.
Anon, once more the gesture, then begin:
Command sinistral pedestal to writhe.
Commence thou then the fervid Hokey-Poke,
A mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.
To spin! A wilde release from Heavens yoke.
Blessed dervish! Surely canst go, girl.
The Hoke, the poke — banish now thy doubt
Verily, I say, ’tis what it’s all about.