Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick, Slow

Me and Colin The photo that appeared in the newspaper
Me and Colin The photo that appeared in the newspaper

The photographer from the local paper was coming to the dance studio, and I was just as excited as any 10 year old could possibly be.

I had been floating around in dream land for days now - does life get any better than this?

I am going to have my photograph taken by a ‘real’ photographer.

Was I going to be front page news I wondered, the headlines maybe? No matter, I was going to be featured in the local paper, and so I would be famous!

I begged Mum to let me wear a little lipstick for the special occasion - request denied, so I brushed my hair until it shone, tucked my best frock under my arm and dashed off to the dance studio floating on air.

I started ballroom dancing lessons at the age of eight and immediately fell in love with dance.

I gradually learnt all the Ballroom and Latin American dances, in those early days the Quickstep was my favourite ballroom dance and the Cha Cha Cha my favourite Latin American dance.

If you were a boy learning to dance, you were extremely popular and in great demand, they were a rarity.

I couldn’t believe my luck when one day, my teacher told me that she had found a boy partner for me to dance with in competitions. Wow!

His name was Colin and for the next three years he was my world.

We were both painfully shy and although we were certainly in step with each other, conversation didn’t play a part in our relationship and we never quite found our nerve to actually talk to one another!

Money was short in those days and looking back on it, I just don’t know where my parents ever found the money for dancing classes.

I had two pairs of dancing shoes, white satin ones for ballroom and silver ones for latin american, both with small heals they were my pride and joy.

The money didn’t stretch to a proper ballroom dress until a few years later, but I thought I looked the part in my best party frock and Colin certainly looked dapper in his suit and bow tie.

After weeks and months of dedicated practice, our teacher decided we were good enough to enter in a local competition. My initial excitement soon turned to sheer terror when we arrived at the venue. The glamour, the dresses the atmosphere was both intoxicating and frightening.

The dresses were amazing, the wonderful colours, the full net skirts, shining rhinestones and sequins, suddenly I felt small and insignificant in my party frock, I started getting nervous and my confidence disappeared.

The music started and we took to the floor for our first dance, the Waltz.

My legs were the first part of my body to let me down, they were shaking, this was closely followed by my hands, I tried to keep smiling like I was enjoying myself, but my mouth dried up completely and my chin started wobbling.

Somehow we got to the end of the dance and amazingly came third!

What a thrill it was to receive our medals and certificates.

As the months passed we entered some more competitions and continued to improve, but unfortunately I never really overcame those nerves.

Then suddenly one competition day, it was ‘our’ day and we came 1st in the Waltz and 1st in the Cha, Cha, Cha. This qualified us for a mention in the local paper.

I arrived at the dance studio and quickly put on my party frock, the photographer was already there, as was Colin looking very dapper as usual.

Suddenly, shock and horror when I realised in my excitement I had forgotten my dancing shoes! There was no time to go home for them and there were no other shoes there I could wear. I could feel my eyes welling up with tears, this was not how it was supposed to go.

My teacher decided there was only one thing for it, I would have to wear her shoes, I couldn’t believe my luck!

Looking at the photo now, I look so ridiculous in those high heels!

But it made my day, 10 years old and wearing 2 inch heels, now that’s what dreams are made of! I have been in love with high heel shoes ever since!


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

What a charming story MM. You deserved your shot at stardom and also waltzing off with those prizes. Can two people really be that shy? Yes i suppose they can considering i used to go tomato red at the drop of a hat. Those shoes do look a bit on the big side, but what a stroke of luck, or we would never have been shown this photo with your Clark's school shoes, or furry slippers. I had a few dancing lessons in Brisbane. There were quite a few female instructors who would line up. We men would sit on chairs and peel off as the ladies walked down the room in a line. There was one very good looking instructor, so i used to quickly count what position they were in and sit on the corresponding chair. After about the fourth time in a row i was given an eyebrows raised look with an accompanying rye smile. We were trying to learn the jive and the foxtrot. Both great fun and really exhilarating. I didn't get very far with the dancing, or the instructor. Thanks, i really enjoyed this cute story.


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

Oh Movie Master, I feel the excitement in your words as you relive these moments to share with us here. The photo is adorable and you look so relaxed - a natural. And those heels!!! Oh yes I can feel your excitment, through the ages, through the photo, so very exciting and so grown up - who needs lipstick!!!! A very special story, thank you so much for sharing. All my votes!!!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Movie Master! You have and have lived a beautiful life. I really enjoy how you let us share in your fantastic memories. You look absolutely wonderful and the shoes make you even more beautiful. You DO NOT look ridiculous!

Thanks for sharing your great times with us. Voted up, up and away!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello attemptedhumour, and I really enjoyed your story too!!

When you are young and self conscious, the slightest embarrasement and your cheeks would start warming up, from then on it went from bad to worse and your face would be bright red in no time - I remember it well!

Learning to dance is so much fun, I loved both the foxtrot and the jive as well.

Thank you so much for dropping by, glad you enjoyed it! take care.


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Such a cute picture! I'm thinking of taking dance lessons. If a 10 year old can tear it up on the dance floor, then maybe there's hope for me. Thank you for sharing.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Fennelseed, my dancing days were always a very special time of my life and I could feel that excitement again as I wrote the story.

I felt so grown up that day and have been in love with high heels ever since!!

Thank you for visiting and your comments, take care and enjoy your day!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dex, I just came across this old photo the other day and thought it would be nice to write about that day.

It ended up bringing back so many wonderful memories of my dancing days, I'm itching to dance again now!

Thank you for your lovely comments, I love your company and you always makes me smile. Take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi AAZ, I'd forgotton how cute and shy we looked! what great memories:-)

That's a wonderful idea, taking dance lessons, I hope you do, you will love it!

Many thanks for dropping by and your comments, take care.


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ThelmaC 5 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

What a cute hub! I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing such a nice memory.

Thelma


"Quill Again" 5 years ago

Nice hub and well written as you have shared a part of yourself with us. Thank you. Voted up and awesome.

Blessings and Hugs


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Thelma, my dancing days are such a special memory to me and I enjoyed reliving them and sharing with you.

thank you for visiting and your comments, take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Quill Again, many thanks for dropping by and your very kind comments and vote, my best wishes to you.


writer20 5 years ago

Great hub to enjoy, I bet you were the best dancer from the studio and you sure looked gorgeous in your party dress.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi writer20, thank you - I loved that party frock!

Colin and I won quite a few medals together and I had a real ballroom dress, yellow net with stars made out of rhinestones, It was wonderful!

Thank you so much for visiting and your lovely comments, best wishes.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This is a wonderful story. What a basket full of memories you have decided to share with us. Those dance lessons prepared you for a life full of music and joy. It is a true Cinderella story, full of glamor. You look every bit the princess in the photo.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Mike, looking back on those days now, I don't know how my parents were able to afford my dancing lessons, I was very fortunate.

I stopped dancing when I was about 17 years of age, only to start again in my 30's and to my joy, my children started dancing and got hooked as well!

I am so pleased you enjoyed this, I really enjoyed sharing a special memory.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

I too was about 10 or 11 when our school started teaching Ball Room Dancing. It was fun to get dressed up, wear stockings and little heels, and dance with a Boy...and later go to "Doc's" for Ice Cream Floats etc. What fun Memories this Hub of yours brings to mind, Movie Master. Thank You!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

You did not look ridiculous! Those little shoes were adorable and you looked perfect. That is what most little girls dream of looking like, especially at a dance. I love this story, just love it. sigh


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

And I would guess that you are still the same, charming beauty today.

He looks shy and nervous, but you look perfectly at ease.


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Movie Master,

Thank you for sharing these great memories with us.

You look like a confident beautiful young lady in the picture and Colin looks quite dapper.

I love watching ballroom dancing.

Another season of Dancing with the Stars begins next Monday. Can't wait.

Voted up, up and away!


SusieQ42 5 years ago

This is such a sweet hub! I remember doing a demonstration at the fair when I was in 4-H. I was 8 and made a sewing basket. I had to demonstrate how to thread a needle but the darned thread wouldn't go through the hole. Of course I cried, guess my tears must have had an effect on the judges because they let me do it again after everyone left the room. I threaded my needle with the greatest of ease and got a ??? ribbon. I sure can't remember what color it was! lol Susieq


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi Movie Master,

I so enjoy reading all your memories, they are so special and now we have them forever in our hubs. I am also looking forward to your "sequel" to this hub...more memories to be continued..... :-)

Cloverleaf


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

I loved your story! As soon as I saw the title, I knew what it was about. My husband and I took a couple sessions of ballroom dancing and that is a phrase Pauline would repeat. She was about 80+ and still dancing and teaching dance. We never really did get the hang of working together (story of our lives, really!)

I love to watch musicals, love to watch talented people dance - it makes me want to get up and move too. Thanks for sharing your memory.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi b.Malin, I had forgotten just how much those early dancing days meant to me, it was a lovely trip down memory lane, I'm glad it bought back memories for you too!

Many thanks for visiting and your comments, have a lovely day.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Hyphenbird, everytime I look at the photo on this page it makes me smile, such a special memory!!

Thank you for your lovely comments, take care and see you soon.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Will, I must admit I made the most of the moment - a taste of fame!

You old sweet talker you....

many thanks Will, take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sue, Our series of Strictly come dancing starts in a couple of weeks, like you I can't wait!

Thank you for your lovely, lovely comments and the vote, take care and have a wonderful day!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Susie, what a wonderful story I could feel your anxiety, it's just devastating at that young age when things just don't go to plan, it seems we both had a happy ending though!

Many thanks for dropping by and your comments, take care and see you soon.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Cloverleaf, dancing has been such an important part of my life in those early days, and much later when you started dancing as well!

I am quite excited about the sequel!

Watch this space x


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Danette, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful memories, they made me smile...

Whenever I hear any dance music playing, I just can't keep still and long to get up and dance!

Many thanks for dropping by and commenting, enjoy your day, best wishes.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Ah what a treasured memory, You must have been so proud. You look ecstatic in the photo and those shoes look fine, your teacher must have had small feet. To win a competition is every little girls dream.

I too used to dance, winning a waltz to the blue Danube with my childhood sweetheart and then one for the Jive with one of my friends. We practiced our moves every spare minute we got.

I loved this story, not only a peek into your lovely memories but brought some back for me too. Thank you


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I absolutely adored this story. You were so cute and Colin looked like a keeper. I love to dance. My Mother told me that i came out doing a jig, Hee. We had a place next to our highschool called ' The shack ' We went there everyday and danced to the jukebox. Aha the good old days.... Thank's for sharing....


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Rosemay, that photo has been in an old box hidden away for over 47 years, I am so pleased I decided to dig it out and bring back a special memory to me and share it with everyone.

The best thing is it's triggered memories for everyone else too!

Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your memory with us.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Ruby, everytime I look at the photo it makes me smile...

It sounds like all the action was at the 'Shack' good times eh?!

Many thanks for visiting and your memory! take care.


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iZeko 5 years ago

What a charming story! You were lucky that your teacher had small feet too ;-)) Thanks for sharing!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi iZeko, the shoes were a bit big for me, I don't think I could have danced in them! but from then on I was in love with high heels!

Thank you for visiting and your comments, take care and have a great day!


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

The story is absolutely Wonderful. I love it. Thank you for sharing your treasured memory. Indeed you look very smart and cute.

Best Wishes,

Kamalesh

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hello, again, Movie Master,

this hub was, in my sincerest tone: ABSOLUTELY DARLING! Great text; artwork and lay-out. Cudo's to YOU for a great hub. No wonder at so many people, including yours truly, enjoying your work.


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Terishere 5 years ago

Amazing hub!! And oh how it brings back memories of dancing!!

Absolutely lovely story!!

Voted up

Terri


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Kamalesh my friend, I have so enjoyed re-living this special memory in my life and thank you for sharing it with me.

I hope all is well with you and many thanks for your very kind comments, best wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Kenneth, thank you for your compliments, you sure know how to make a girl's day!

I am looking forward to your company again already!

Take care and enjoy your day.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Teri, the photo bought back some wonderful dancing memories for me, I'm glad it's bought back some good memories for you too!

Thank you for dropping by, it's always good to see you, and thanks for your support and comments, they mean a geat deal to me.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Movie Master,

Now this felt like "Dancing ON the Stars"!! What a charming story and a super teacher who came through in a pinch!

Loved this greatly- voted UP & FAB, mar.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello mar, how I loved wearing those shoes, I've loved high heels ever since!

Thank you so much for dropping by, it's always good to see you, thanks for your comments and votes, take care and have a wonderful day:-)


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epigramman 5 years ago

....such a wonderful told here and it could be a 'movie' in itself and the way you 'master' this subject through your writing is just truly amazing - and yes I am a COLIN too - lake erie time ontario canada 5:09pm


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Epi, You could be the new 'Colin' in my life, I'm sure we'd make quite an impression as we slow, slow, quick quick slow across the dance floor!

Thank you so much for dropping by and your comments, best wishes.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Great sweet story. I love it


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello ubanichijioke, many thanks for visiting, it's good to see you, I'm glad you enjoyed the story, best wishes.


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Fantastic story and photo too, I bet mum and dad were proud of how well you did and treasured the photo of you. You have a very nice way of sharing a true story in writing.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi 2uesday, yep Mum and Dad were so proud, they use to cheer us on at the competitions!

Many thanks for your great comments, best wishes MM


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Judi Bee 5 years ago from UK

It must be a girl thing - looking at the photo the first thing I thought was - lucky girl, to get to wear heels at that age!

I thoroughly enjoyed your story. As a child I looked forward to Come Dancing on Saturday evenings, the frocks looked so glamorous. I didn't learn to ballroom dance, I did ballet, which was fine, but no sequins and heels.

Also loved the video - just a thoroughly enjoyable hub all round :-)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a wonderful story. Love the picture too. Thank goodness the teacher came through and lent you her shoes :)


september girl 5 years ago

Oh, I loved your hub! Lucky girl, getting the okay to dance and doing it with a boy. I use to have my sisters or an imaginery boy while dancing in the dark livingroom in my sunday slip, to classical music my Momma always put on when we got home from church. : ) Thanks for the wonderful share. Voted up and awesome!!


Justsilvie 5 years ago

Wonderful Story and lovely photo of you! I think we had the same haircut at ten *smile*


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Judi, that day I fell in love with 'heels' and have loved high heels every since!

What a shame you missed out on the sequins and glamorous dresses, but I'm sure you loved your ballet!

Many thanks for your lovely comments, take care MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Susan, after the initial upset of not having my shoes, it all turned out really well, I was chuffed to bits with wearing my teachers heels! and have loved high heels ever since!

Thank you for your comments, take care MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi september girl, that's just too sad dancing with an imaginery boy!

Many thanks for your great comments and votes, they are much appreciated, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi JustSilvie, and what a haircut!! a cut around the pudding basin job I reckon!

Come to think about it, my hair is much the same style now! oh dear:-)

Many thanks for your comments, take care MM


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Thanks for sharing this with us. You looked so beautiful and before I read the hub all I thought when I saw the photo was that you had great legs for a little girl!It's amazing you didn't trip in them even just posing for the picture.

Wonderful story. Voted up across the board. This was really special.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

What a wonderful story and you tell it so well. I could almost feel your excitement at being in the competition. You look beautiful in the photograph. I'm glad you were able to borrow your teachers shoes. As ever, another great hub from you. Voted up and awesome.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Gail, thanks for the compliment about my legs!! I think the dancing toned up the muscles and set me up to go on and win 'Miss Lovely Legs' 20 years later!!

Many thanks for your comments and votes, it's much appreciated, take care and enjoy your day. MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello jacqui, it's nice to see you, I hope all is well with you. Dancing was a big part of my life, sharing this story has bought back some lovely, happy memories!

Thank you for your great comments and votes, it means a great deal to me, best wishes MM


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sonia05 5 years ago from india

Hello Movie master, first of all, you as a 10 year old and Colin look absolutely terrific and charming! Really liked your picture...Secondly, apart from writing so well here on hubpages, you are a great dancer. You are so talented. The ending of this hub is interesting when you end up wearing high heels for the photograph!! I can understand the excitement of a 10 year old girl wearing high heels and you do not look ridiculous but great!!!

lovely hub,voted up!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello sonia, I guess we did look kinda cute!

Thank you so much for your fabulous comments, I so appreciate them and the votes.

Best wishes, take care, MM


Derdriu 5 years ago

MovieMaster: You look absolutely stunning and Colin looks very handsome. The shoes give a consistent look: dark hair, dark shoes, light dress and light skin in between.

Thank you for the charming, nostalgic, poetric prose.

Voted up, etc.,

Derdriu


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Derdriu, this old photo has been hidden away in a box for many years, I am so pleased I restored it and wrote this hub as it brings back some wonderful memories!

Many thanks for your lovely comments and votes, best wishes MM


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

A charming story! You looked very pretty! I am also fond of dancing, particularly western dance. I often did Cha cha dance-workout and it is beneficial for me. I enjoyed reading your wonderful childhood story! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi ishwaryaa22, thank you for your lovely comments, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading and many thanks for the votes too!

Take care and best wishes Lesley

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