Dirty Dancing and Fruitcake Rubbish Day

Today is a special double bill rubbish day. It is the fault of my charming husband, 23Thorns, and his new-found obsession with watermelon. Watermelon is a good summer fruit and I enjoy a slice or two myself but 23 has gone watermelon wild. I am sent off on late afternoon watermelon shopping sprees as he honestly cannot be without one for more than a few hours. Breakfast. Lunch. Supper. He is just all about the watermelons, so today I am a watermelon.


This watermelon frenzy of 23Thorns’ and my subsequent pink and green number have had the unfortunate side-effect of taking me back to the days of my youth. You see, I cannot say the word ‘watermelon’ without going all Dirty Dancing on you, because Baby carried a watermelon. She carried a watermelon! If you are either too young or too old to remember the wistful teenage longing all teenage girls felt who wanted to be Baby to Patrick Swayze’s Johnny, I’m afraid this next little bit is going to be a bit weird. More than usual. But I know that Baby wore denim shorts. I know that nobody put her in the corner. I know that she carried a watermelon. I know that Johnny taught her that lifty move in a dam. I know Dirty Dancing. Now too do the neighbours (with dirty dustbin standing in for Johnny).


“I carried a watermelon”


Now sing it with me…”Now I had the time of my li-i-ife”.

Happy Wednesday!


About tracyloveshistory

I have an inordinate fondness for a long time ago. I write about history and my family's place in it; clothes, shoes, war, memory, loss and whatever else takes my fancy. I wear red lipstick every second day and I dress up. A lot. Photograph by the extraordinary Ben Skinner at Arwen Garnentry.

15 responses to “Dirty Dancing and Fruitcake Rubbish Day

  1. He eats water melons but does he do aeroplanes on bins. Funny

  2. Two for the price of one! I do think you should have withheld the watermelon until 23Thorns dressed up as Johnny and twirled you over his head though.

  3. BWAHAHAHAHHAHAHahahahahahahahahah *hysterical giggles* The entire family is having a chuckle at this one!! #Awesomeness!!

    • I am so pleased the entire family is familiar with Dirty Dancing. You are a good woman!

      • It’s being suggested someone in our family should do something similar. I’m not sure about crossing that line. We already take the stuffed toy ‘Draggy’ out and take pictures with it everywhere.

        My neighbours would call the men in white coats on me if I started dancing with the bin too!

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