You May Call Me Mistress Twirl

May 3, 2011

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?)

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

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When trespassing, always run flail-style.

That’s the second rule of trespassing.

The first is always wear a ballgown.

(Trespassing is classy business.)

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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.

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But the twirl party lives on.

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

Megan

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?

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Megan May 3, 2011

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Megan May 3, 2011

You are clearly my kind of person.

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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.

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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.

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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 :)

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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!

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Jodi May 3, 2011

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

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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.

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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! :)

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sarah May 3, 2011

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

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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.
Nah.
TOTALLY A UFO!
:)

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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.

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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.

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Megan May 3, 2011

Now that is a wedding photographer.

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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)

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Skye May 3, 2011

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

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Dana @ Bungalow'56 May 3, 2011

You make me laugh.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Kimberly May 3, 2011

Well that looks exhausting…but classy.

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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.

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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.

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Skye May 4, 2011

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

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Glamamom May 4, 2011

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

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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.

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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.

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liz May 4, 2011

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

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Nerdyredneck Rob May 4, 2011

OOOoooooooOOoo – Mistress Twirl! I like!

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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.

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kyooty May 5, 2011

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

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Nichole May 5, 2011

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

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Alexandra May 5, 2011

GORGEOUS.

I can almost hear the laughter.

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nursemyra May 7, 2011

love the photos Megan

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