Birthday celebration a joyous feat
ON THIS day you try and try, But this world simply passes by, I have the answer, just by chance, You’ll find that smile, come watch them dance!
You can look at all the happy quotes on the net, on your calendar each day, remember nanna’s favourite sayings to get you through a tough time or, like about 400 Townsvillians, simply remember Saturday night at Happy Feat’s fifth birthday.
Some may say no such thing as an instant, genuine smile when things are crook. Well, I tend to differ, one could not help but be full of sincere happiness seeing the absolute joy our Happy Featers get from performing and laughing on stage. And as one of my fave sayings go: “You can have too much of many things, but we have never had too much fun!”
Forget pity, it’s not wanted, they want to share the fun of life and the only pity is if you don’t ever get a chance to see them. I interviewed some of my dear mates on stage, not easy for anyone, and the words spoken, well I wish I could have a recording and let you all hear it, but it was a personal time, even though it was on stage, and they spoke from the heart.
My mate Paul, the doctors said he’ll never talk, eat solid foods or walk, well he’s thrown away the stick, loves his food and is happy to tell the world his story. Young Peter, an accident as a young fella changed his life, but he’s fought back and is such a wise young man, I was so honoured to hear his great words and when he finished his little story he said: “Happiness is everywhere, Pricey”.
There was so much more, but really, buy a DVD of Happy Feat, it’s on their website and it’s absolutely brilliant. When you see the interview with Pete and his wonderful mum Mary, it will inspire, it will give you that instant smile.
More than anything, Happy Feat is a celebration of an even better life, with the help of laughter and a most wonderful lady, Leigh Caldwell. Leigh created Happy Feat and now five years on with 30 to 40 dancers enjoying each other’s company through some very difficult situations, it is a masterpiece of inspiration. Leigh, along with a group of volunteers such as Rhi who teaches the dancers, Jen and many more, are bringing some wonderful life experiences to those who may not otherwise have had the opportunity.
Well, the Townsville Show is over and I wish that someone close to me didn’t buy all those lollies from the shop under the grandstand. I’m on my 12th packet of bullets, I feel I’ve eaten 10 Burdekin cane fields.
Happy Days, enjoy the V8s.