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What if the hokey pokey is what it’s all about?

- 31 July 2012, 10:07

Like us, we are sure you’ve seen this phrase before. It’s imprinted on T-shirts, bumper stickers and posters. And every time we see it, it always makes us laugh! What if the hokey pokey really is what it’s all about?

The hokey cokey (United Kingdom) or hokey pokey (United States, Canada, Ireland, and Australia), is a participation dance with a distinctive accompanying tune and lyric structure. It’s well-known in English-speaking countries. It’s of unclear origin, with two main traditions having evolved in different parts of the world. The only thing for sure, is that in the U.S. it became very popular in the 1950′s as THE party song.

For those who aren’t familiar how the dance is done, the participants stand in a circle. On “in” they put the appropriate body part in the circle, and on “out” they put it out of the circle. On “And you shake it all about”, the body part is shaken three times (on “shake”, “all”, and “-bout”, respectively). Simple, yet even for those who are coordinated, mistakes are made and laughs are shared.

It seems that when folks are participating, concentrating on the movements at hand, and listening to the voice of the singer/leader; they are able to feel a kind of gleeful abandon. No one is self-conscious, nor are they overly critical of others. When you bump into each other, make a mistake, or fall on your bottom side, everyone laughs along with you but not at you. In fact, it makes the dance/game even more fun if there are a few ‘mistakes.’ Where other activities of life demand a certain amount of proficiency, the Hokey Pokey is all about being in the moment and participating with your whole self.

When you think about it, this is how life should be. Living life to the fullest, following the leader, enjoying each and every moment, sharing laughter, assisting others, and looking forward to the next step. Simple really. Even a child of three gets this. Oh, to be childlike once again. Here’s wishing you a ‘hokey pokey’ life.

Blessings, K.R. and T.L.
Website: www.whatsheknew.com
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About K.R. Hughes and T.L. Burns

K.R. Hughes

Hughes is an English major from Amarillo, Texas. She now resides near Atlanta, Georgie.  She enjoys writing with her co-author T.L. Burns. They are currently working on the sequel to “What She Knew”. The fast paced novel that finishes telling the story.

Hughes enjoys working with budding writers and tutoring English.  Her passion is for at-risk teens.  She volunteers to help teens realize their potential and find their passion.

Find other works by this author in the Historical Romance section, pen name is Kymber Lee, “Treasured Love” is a fun romp written in Regency England in 1811. Lee (Hughes) wrote this novel for her grandmother who is a huge supporter of her work.

 

T.L. Burns

As my co-author puts it “I am the foremost researcher and historical guru for our novel “What She Knew.” Our novel was just released March of 2012. She and I are busily working on the sequel, “What She Knew Too, The saga continues.” You can learn more about them at our website www.whatsheknew.com.

Burns is originally from California (desert region, with mountains), spent nearly 20 years in the panhandle of Texas (again, desert region only without the mountains) and now resides near Atlanta, Georgia. In her words “Trees and flowers everywhere!! Even the weeds are green and lush! I feel like I’m living in a postcard!! And, no wind! The desert regions are sooooo windy.”

Burns passion is for at-risk families.  She volunteers her time to help the needy, not wih a hand-out but with a hand-up.


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