Charles Clanton Rogers

Reflections based on poetry, music, visual art, book reviews, history of science, first-person history, philosophical essays and International Blogging

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Among all the treasures to cherish, the family is second to none.  I think young people are not provided with sufficient knowledge and skills to assemble and keep one.

In several earlier posts, I recounted how very fortunate I was to have been born into a very loving, attentive and instructive family. In spite of The Great Depression and very little money, I was the richest kid in town, with the things that money-can’t-buy.

“Lessons From My Grandmother”

http://therogerspost.com/2015/11/11/early-learning/

“The Thirties”

http://therogerspost.com/2015/10/14/i-am-a-time-tr…y-the-thirties/

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“Dusting the Erasers”

http://therogerspost.com/2015/11/15/blackboard-chalk/

“You Can Lead a Burro To Water…”

http://therogerspost.com/2015/11/17/scout-camp/

By the time I was 14 years old, I had a driver’s licence, I could drive a manual shift transmission, and change a flat tire. I could camp in the woods, build a fire without matches, and catch, clean, and cook fish. However, parents, teachers, and ministers who were, usually all over us, like flies at a picnic, were looking-the-other-way on the topic of boy-girl social rituals and the reproductive skills which were required to produce the next generation of families and progeny. Until The Sixties, whoever was having sex was not talking about it; not in my home town.  This was cold-shower country.  There was a Holywood code for the movies we saw that forbid a scene with men and women in bed together. Some of Jane Russell’s scenes were edited out because of  her deep decolletage.

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I guess we were supposed to figure out how to attract and charm a young maiden, negotiate cooperatively a relationship, and generate  a couple of children with some in-born skill similar to way migrating birds find their way around. In 1946-1952, no adult used any words which related to human reproduction. No adult ever said:”Oh bye-the-way, the Stork doesn’t bring babies”. The one statement I can remember was: “Don’t get girl-crazy like some guys do.”

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The nearest thing to male-female social skills instruction was the dreaded Dance Lessons.  How to even talk nicely to a girl, to say nothing about dancing with one, was not part of the school,  church, or scouts curricula.  There were three professional dance ladies who rented a dance floor, once evening a week. Two of them demonstrated the dance techniques by dancing with each other. The third played the piano with (yes) a cigarette hanging out of her mouth.  Smoking was very prevalent almost anywhere in those days.

The picture below is how I felt about Dance Lessons!

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In Junior High School the Hormone Storms began. One of the cruelest tricks that Mother Nature plays on boys is this: girls mature about two years ahead of the boys in the same class. Before a whisker appears  or our voices had changed, the girls had gone through two brassiere sizes.   I felt like the Basset Hound in the picture below, paired with girl symbolized by the Afgan. We were supposed to move around to music while not stepping on her feet (while we were looking at her chest that she had stuck out).

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Based on this amount of instruction of relating to the fairer gender, I’ll never understand how I wound up with such a smart and beautiful wife and my sons with such outstanding life-partners.

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Charles Clanton Rogers   November 21, 2015

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10 thoughts on “Dance Lessons

  1. msbukky says:

    You are a fortunate man.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      “My cup runs over!” Kind regards to you, Bukky

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      1. msbukky says:

        You too Charles. ☺

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      2. clanton1934 says:

        I am finding interesting people and friends of good will all over the World!

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    2. clanton1934 says:

      Bukky, I Janice is giving me “International Blogging”! Will you help me find some bloggers you find interesting enough to be featured? Thank you, Charles

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      1. msbukky says:

        Oh great! Sure there are alot of them. I will let you. Thank you.

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  2. bbnewsab says:

    Bull’s eye, KK! 🙂

    I too can remember the things you write about in this wonderful post.

    Thank you so much!

    But tell me, KK, what do you mean by “the Stork doesn’t bring babies”?

    Have I missed something really important? Please inform me. Maybe you just tried to use that sentence in a metaphorical way? But then I have to admit I can’t fully understand the metaphor used by you. So, please, try to explain to me and others (if there are any) who have always believed in both the stork and Santa Claus (the former bringing babies, the latter Christmas presents).

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      When I casually mentioned the Stark, I didn’t know it would catch up anyone.
      In my culture (Southern Middle- rural, Bible Belt America BEFORE the sexual revolution, NO PARENT could talk about sexual intercourse. It wa immoral. So when children ask where do babies come from, parents actually told children that Stork brought them! No Joke! Hard to be lieve but true. Boys usually learned the facts from slightly older boys i atheletic locker rooms (complete with much inaccuracy)
      Here are a few of the more obvious reasons behind the bird-baby mythology:

      In many cultures, storks represent fertility, springtime and good luck.

      In Roman times, if a stork built a nest on your roof, it was seen as a blessing and a promise of never-ending love from Venus. (Aristotle went as far as to make killing storks a crime.)
      Some believed that a stork could cause a woman to become pregnant just by looking at her. (!)
      Storks are considered harbingers of good fortune. In Germany, they are known as “adebar,” meaning “luck-bringer.”
      In the Netherlands, a stork nesting on one’s roof is viewed as a good omen for the family who lives there.
      Storks have easy access to chimneys — the perfect passageway for both Santa and babies.

      Although they originally nested in trees, storks easily adapted to human activity, and today call rooftops and chimneys their most common nesting sites.
      When Scandinavian parents needed a convenient explanation for how babies arrived, they repeated the story of a stork delivering new bundles of joy down the chimney chute. Hans Christian Anderson wove this folklore into his 1838 fairy tale “The Storks.”
      Also like Santa, storks cover a lot of ground.

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  3. bbnewsab says:

    Every day I learn something new by following your blog, KK. 🙂 Thanks for your lesson.

    But it’s a pity that information wasn’t given to me already some decades ago.

    I must say I regret I didn’t come to know you much earlier in my life, KK.

    On the other hand, better late than never.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      I think I have learned the most. I have only just come to understand what readers want to read! I am you student. K

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