I search my playlist for something upbeat.  I need something to transcend the monotony of the daily routine.  I scan for a soundtrack to imitate the spices I am adding to my potatoes.


“This Kitchen is for Dancing”.  The sign hangs over my head.

I haven’t felt like dancing much lately.  Too much routine, too much introverted space.  I am worn down by the lapping of my days.  At first it was a soothing tide: coming in, going out, coming in, going out.  But the sound has started to grate on me.  It is like a child repeating “Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom” or an annoying commercial jingle stuck in my head.

I need something dynamic.  I cannot listen to another lapping wave.  Give me some bass, some drumbeats, some sweet guitar licks.  I need a new song.


I dash paprika and turmeric onto the potatoes and my foot starts tapping.

This post is a prompt from Five Minute Friday and was written in approximately five minutes. For more information, visit
Photo contribution: Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash, Photo by Pratiksha Mohanty on Unsplash

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Amie says:

    My kitchen was a dance hall this week. The obscure music that really got me moving: ska. It took me back to high school and early college years, and I moved my body in ways I now regret. Ha ha. Under normal circumstances, I’d be getting a massage, but you know, can’t do that these days. Hang in there, and I hope you enjoyed your potatoes.


    1. barefootedstroll says:

      I have a deep love for ska…it only comes out occasionally but it takes me back as well!!!


  2. Jennifer says:

    My days are screaming montony. Much like those days of Mom. Mom. Mom. Oh my…much like those days! Good music does wonderful things for a soul!!


  3. I don’t need no new song;
    gotta groove the one I’ve got,
    and even if it don’t belong,
    it’s my job to keep it hot,
    or cool, like the cat I am;
    now wait a mo’, I am confused;
    is it time to body-slam,
    or should dancing grace be used
    to get me through these gimlet days
    (did I say gimlet, bloody WHY?),
    so maybe I’ll play Purple Haze
    (wife says, yeah, in a pig’s eye!).
    Guess I should let her have her voice,
    but Perry Como? That’s her CHOICE?

    #1 at FMF this week.


  4. Cheri' says:

    Hurray!! I’m so glad you are writing here again. I’ve missed you!


    1. barefootedstroll says:

      You encourage my heart!!! 💛


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