Do you remember Fraggle Rock? Being a thirty-five year old that grew up watching a bit of tv, I was thrilled to find out that this Jim Hensen production I enjoyed as a little girl is now available on DVD from Netflix. One of my favorite parts of the show, the theme song, is so upbeat you can’t help but sing along. Last night my six year old daughter and I watched an episode, and before long we were singing to the words.
Dance your cares away (clap clap),
Worries for another day,
Let the music play (clap clap),
Down in Fraggle Rock
I’ve been working hard these last few days to do exactly like the Fraggle’s suggest – worry less and have fun more. Which sounds easy enough, but is hard to do when you wake up each morning to the thought “wow, I’ve got cancer.” It is literally the first thing that pops into my head when I open my eyes. Not “I’ve got to pack a lunch for Leah today” or “I forgot to senda n e-mail to my friend yesterday” but those ominous words “I’ve got cancer.” This is probably not the healthiest way to start your day.
Two things have happened recently that have made that “worry less” mantra a little easier to follow. First, a big weight on my shoulders has been lifted since I received a phone call from my genetic counselor. I’ve tested negative for the BRAC gene. Secondly, I had a pumpkin painting party for my daughter’s 2nd birthday yesterday, on a glorious 70 degree fall afternoon. It was a great party and fun day for all of us, spend with our friends.
So even though today I woke up with the cancer words poping up in my head, I also thought about how much fun my kids had at the party yesterday and the book I need to start for my upcoming book club meeting. So maybe I’m not able to “dance my cares away” like the Fraggles, but hope one day in the future I will have a little more of an optimistic outlook first thing in the morning.