Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Where's Oda Mae and Her Magic Closet When You Need Her?

If you are a woman, and you are breathing, I think I may be spot on in saying that at some point and time in your life you had a crush on Patrick Swayze. Black, White, Asian, Latina, 6 years old or 75 years old and using a walker, admitted OUT LOUD, or held in the confines of your "kissing pillow" - you had a mad crush on the man.

And honestly, how could you not? Those piercing eyes, the cleft in the chin, the swaying hips - OH MY GOD! I'm getting all hot and bothered right now just listing those things. The man single-handedly revitalized the formal dance class studio, AND had kilns working overtime all over the world! I mean c'mon - after seeing Ghost, what woman didn't turn to her husband/boyfriend/lover and say "Honey, we are signing up for a pottery class TO-MOR-ROW" ?

Hell, I was in high school and after seeing it attempted to recreate the scene with my high school sweetheart (no, I wasn't a fast-ass, I was a teenage girl "in love", with hormones - and just so you know - yes, I would snatch Emory BALD if I EVER found out she did some of the crap I did as a teenager - INCLUDING recreating movie love scenes). But I actually broke out my childhood pottery wheel and tried to make it work. Yeah. Not so much. Decided to try with Play-Doh instead. Yeah ummmmm, remember how your mom always said "make sure you don't get the Play-Doh on the carpet"? Well, let's just say I found out the hard way why she said that.

But seriously though, Swayze took us ladies to another place. He gave so much of himself to his characters that we actually believed we could have what they were having.

Hands up. How many of us tried the lift scene from Dirty Dancing? How many? I did. Sure did. Except I wasn't smart enough to try it in a pool and when my cousin dropped me on the hardwood floor, I bruised a rib and busted my lip. BUT, P. Swayze made me believe I could do it. And I did do it - ten years later after some serious ballet classes and lots of practice. And I felt what Baby felt. Free. Light. Sexy. Fabulous. That was him. As a woman, he made us feel. Even if our significant others sat on the couch day in and day out, scratching Lord knows where with God knows what, for that short period in time we believed that they had the potential to be the Johnny to our Baby...or the Sam to our Molly. He ensured us that our awkwardness is what made us sexy, and the openness of our hearts is what made us human.

For these things, I will forever openly admit my crush on Patrick Swayze.

He rests in peace, and lifts me in my dreams.


The Lucky Mrs. T said...

Over from SITS. I loved this post! I never tried to recreate any scenes, but loved the movies.

Great topic today, and you were right on when you said "He ensured us that our awkwardness is what made us sexy, and the openness of our hearts is what made us human"!

Amber said...

I love love this blog!!!! Thank you Adiba!

Eva Gallant said...

A great tribute! I don't know how many times I've watched Dirty Dacing--and will continue to; I nevver get tired of that flick!

Amanda {My Life Badly Written} said...

I am in your Crush group too! I LOVED LOVED LOVED Dirty Dancing and sooo tried that lift (but in a pool!).

He will be missed but never forgotten!

Helene said...

Oh I totally hear you!! I fell in love with him when I first saw The Outsiders....remember that film?? Then I fell in love all over again with him in Dirty Dancing. That's one of my favorite all-time movies!!!

The world will surely miss him! Stopping by from SITS!

Ekanthapadhikan said...

I've seen this film and is one of my favs.

SupahMommy said...

I so love you.

:) I too am so sad.
He was just so genuine.

omg.. my word verification is


Mary said...

Hi! Popping over from SITS Roll Call to visit. You are HILarious - definitely a follower TODAY!!

You're right - Patrick Swayze was something. Someone pointed out on Twitter earlier that you never heard anybody say anything negative about him. Loved Ghost AND Dirty Dancing. He will be missed.

~~Mel~~ said...

Great blog you have here!

My all time favourite movie is Dirty Dancing...RIP Patrick Swayze.

Stephanie Faris said...

I never really had much of a crush on him...I think because I was 18 when Dirty Dancing came out and everyone was making fun of the cheesiness of the movie, so I felt like I couldn't like him, if that made sense. But his love story is a beautiful one...married for all those years. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy. It's definitely a loss.

Matthew said...

Any death is a sad one. I wasn't really much into Dirty Dancing - in fact I don't think I've ever seen it all the way through - but that's not a pre-requisite for realising that someone was taken before their time.

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