You May Call Me Mistress Twirl

May 3, 2011


I dominated the twirl.

You might not remember – it was many years ago now.

But once upon a time I was a young girl at Meadowland Elementary and I would spend recess twirling.

Oh, not every day.


I didn’t want to overuse my gift.

Even so young, I recognized it would be fleeting.

Like life and drinks left in a work refrigerator.


Yet on those days I graced the schoolyard with my twirl it was a sight to see.

Not just my form.

My duration.

But especially impressive was my lack of nausea.


We all have a talent.

Some of you can play a musical instrument.

Some can put together an internal combustion engine.

Some can murder a man with impunity.

I’m not here to judge whose talents are better than others.

Though I am quite envious of people who can play an instrument.

(Teach me?)

(If possible, I’d prefer to learn the harmonica.)

(If that’s out, is the kazoo still a thing?)


As Anna and I flailed through this field, I recalled my twirling talent.


When trespassing, always run flail-style.

That’s the second rule of trespassing.

The first is always wear a ballgown.

(Trespassing is classy business.)


While my gift has long passed, my love of the twirl lives on.

So much so that I still force my friends to join me in a twirl every now and then.

Sure, there’s an inherent risk of vomiting and grass stains.


But the twirl party lives on.

I’m always on the look out for new nicknames,


You May Call Me Mistress Twirl

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

blackhuff May 3, 2011

I LOVE the last two photos. Do you have one just of the house?


Megan May 3, 2011

Sadly no, as the third rule of trespassing is trying not to get close enough to get caught!


Mindee@ourfrontdoor May 3, 2011

I remember picking out dresses based solely on their twirability which is so much more fun than worrying about price or style or color.

Childhood rocks.


Megan May 3, 2011

Wait, are you saying that’s not the proper way to choose clothing?

‘Cause I might have made a wrong turn somewhere in life.


bianca May 3, 2011

Wow! Two of my favorite things: dressing up and trespassing. Wait, make that three: photography with my BFF.
So fun – love the rolling hill and the cute house perched on top. Twirl-on!


Megan May 3, 2011

You are clearly my kind of person.


John May 3, 2011

Oh, I love those pictures. Set up with a timer, or did you have a second co-conspirator?

Harmonica is one of the instruments that I have high on my list to learn to play – I’m half-decent, but I want to be able to just pick one up & jam with a band on demand . . . I’m not quite there yet.

And there is absolutely no way that I’d ever be able to twirl without hurling, though if I were to try, I promise I’d wear a ballgown.


Megan May 3, 2011

Now you’re just taunting us.

I think the Internet is crying out for a vlog of you ball gown twirling.

Crying out I say.


Marie @ It's a Kind of Normal May 3, 2011

I love this post!!! Twirling rocks :) In the daycare centre I worked in before, there was the cutest little toddler, and I would pick him up in my arms and twirl him around for a couple of minutes, then put him down and he’d sway like a drunken old man! It was the cutest thing, and he genuinely loved it. The twirling & subseqeunt swaying wasn’t purely for my own entertainment :)


Megan May 3, 2011

You missed a fantastic opportunity there to make him go through an obstacle course while still swaying!

Oh well, you can always do it with the next toddler!


Jodi May 3, 2011

I envy anyone who can twirl w/out tossing their cookies. :)


Life of a Doctor's Wife May 3, 2011

I haven’t twirled in much too long. Certainly I have a twirl-worthy dress somewhere in my closet…

Love the pics. Very joyous.


Phyllis May 3, 2011

Me thinks I need a trip to the used store to get me one of those twirl-worthy dresses! I remember all the fun I had “back in the day” with my girlie-girl dresses and spinning till I puked! But all that twirling was SO worth it!

Thanks for bringing back great childhood memories! I’m gonna go twirl now! :)


sarah May 3, 2011

gah! just looking at these pics makes me out of breath!


SpilledInkGuy May 3, 2011

So… there is TOTALLY A UFO in that top photo!
Either that or a 747.
I’ve heard a rumor we now posses the technology to produce lighter than air machines.


Megan May 3, 2011

I live (and subsequently twirl) quite close to Dulles Airport, so it’s probably a plane.

But in the interest of fairness, I’ll allow dragon as a possibility.


Stephanie @ Our Marriage Adventure May 3, 2011

One of the best photos of my wedding day was when the photographer looked at me and said “TWIRL!”
And I did.
With Joy.


Megan May 3, 2011

Now that is a wedding photographer.


Dizzy Goddeski May 3, 2011

I was at a teen boy’s birthday party not long ago with a mini-you…

There was a girl (the only female there who wasn’t also a mom, poor thing) who felt that the best way to occupy herself amidst all the goofy 13-year-old boys who were playing ball & faux-lightsaber-battling, was to spin for minutes at a time just to see how long she could do it. (and maybe also to pretend she wasn’t stuck at a teen boy’s b-day party without any other girls – don’t worry, she & I had a dance-off against the boys later so she wouldn’t be too bored – we won bc they didn’t want to dance… I mean bc we are AWESOME haha)


Skye May 3, 2011

We need to go twirling to celebrate the end of my classes for the semester! :)


Dana @ Bungalow'56 May 3, 2011

You make me laugh.


Adrienne May May 3, 2011

I have to say that I still love the dresses that flair out just right when you spin/twirl around. It is heaven!


MJ May 3, 2011

Twirling most definitely rocks. However, I currently live with a perfectionist 4 year old whose criteria in clothes selection, most days, are “Does it twirl?”… unfortunately this only matches maybe three items from her wardrobe. Has she got a stupid mother, or what?

Love your pics.


The Sweetest May 3, 2011

Add a kazoo to that twirling and you could take that act on the road. I’ll bet you could rock a kazoo.


Shell May 3, 2011

I remember a pink skirt I had in 2nd grad that was perfect for twirling. It went straight out from my waist.

I got in trouble for showing off my underwear. Even though I told my teacher I had on a leotard so I wasn’t showing my underwear. I think she probably wanted to slap me for that one.

Love the pics, Twirly Girly!


Suzie Rapp May 3, 2011

I love this collection of pictures and wish I had been there to enjoy the company, place, sunshine. I also wonder who the photographer was. Good job!


Anna May 3, 2011

Thank you for not using any of the photos with the skirt twirling farther up. The whole entire Internet thanks you.


Kimberly May 3, 2011

Well that looks exhausting…but classy.


alonewithcats May 4, 2011

It shall henceforth be known as … dresspassing.

Unless that sounds too much like dudes wearing dresses and trying to pass as ladies.

I hate that I always self-sabotage. I should work on that.


Megan May 4, 2011

I hereby declare “drespassing” has been accepted. Though it now has two meanings, so be careful when using it in casual conversation.


Skye May 4, 2011

I love this word and hope to incorporate both of its uses into my daily conversation!


Glamamom May 4, 2011

These photos are gorgeous! That dress is made for twirling!


Jessica May 4, 2011

Okay. Now I have to put on a dress and go outside to twirl. They should make a twirling holiday. I’d totally celebrate it.


Missy Jill (What's Going On Here!?) May 4, 2011

I KNOW that house! I’ve always wanted to trespass there, but I never had my ballgown.


liz May 4, 2011

So, were you like, “Hey, let’s get all dressed up and pretend we’re from The Sound of Music?” :)


Nerdyredneck Rob May 4, 2011

OOOoooooooOOoo – Mistress Twirl! I like!


blueviolet @ A Nut in a Nutshell May 4, 2011

I wonder if you were being watched and monitored from those windows! They probably had their fingers on the red button the whole time you were out there! What red button? I don’t know, but you were twirling, so there must have been a button. See, I make as much sense as you do.


kyooty May 5, 2011

Your twirling location is beautiful. I’m jealous! Twirl away!


Nichole May 5, 2011

You, my friend, have entirely too much fun.
It’s obscene, really.


Alexandra May 5, 2011


I can almost hear the laughter.


nursemyra May 7, 2011

love the photos Megan


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