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Marion came to my belly dance
class four years ago. She
tottered in at the beginning of
first term, wearing neat white
Capri pants, and a pale pink sleeveless
knit top, a white stripe across the breasts.
She later confessed she hoped the stripe
would "emphasise what God has seen fit
to deflate". Neat summer sandals, a single
gold bangle, curly white hair, and hot
pink toenails completed her look. She
She made straight for a seat in the
community house room that I used as a
"I'm not very agile, dear," she said, by
way of introduction.
I pointed to my rounded tummy,
my slight tuckshop arms not toned by a
summer of swimming and veil work, and
the slight back bulge under my bra strap.
"That's okay, neither am I, and I'm the
She smiled. "I'm Marion. I've had
enough of the senior cits aerobics class.
I thought I'd come along here and meet
a lower class of women."
My returning students blew in on a
hot wind, squawking, talking over their
summer breaks, exchanging vulgar jokes,
discussing how big their bums had grown
over the summer. Marion smiled. I smiled.
"You've come to the right place," I said.
The group welcomed Marion. One
placed a chair in the centre of the floor.
"Just in case you want to park it, Maz,"
Marion took up her throne. She could
not bend, could not raise her arms, could
not keep her knees bent for very long,
and found standing for periods of time
painful. Arthritis had not yet claimed her
hands, so while my other students worked
on snake arms, Marion started an exercise
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