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Dashing Through The Mall December 15, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Word Play.

Dashing through the mall with a wobbling shopping cart
Cindy stopped to pause . . . beneath a bright red heart

Heart ~ Heart ~ Heart

It radiated love . . . and good will toward all
Even those stuck shopping in the crowded mall


Oh . . .

Crowded malls, crowded malls, crowded night and day
Oh what fun it is to PAUSE as Spirit Lights The Way


Crowded malls, crowded malls, crowded night and day
Oh what fun it is to PAUSE as Spirit Lights The Way


Cindy looked around . . . as three carolers drew near
Ready to sing out and spread bright Christmas cheer

Tra ~ La ~ La

 As shoppers gathered round, they began to sing
About a drummer boy and the gift he gave a king


Oh . . .

Crowded malls, crowded malls, crowded night and day
Oh what fun it is to SING as Spirit Lights The Way


Crowded malls, crowded malls, crowded night and day
Oh what fun it is to SING as Spirit Lights The Way


The bells around the mall . . . chimed with festive air
Making spirits bright and lifting worldly cares

Ha ~ Ha ~ Ha

Love is a force for good . . . at any time or place
The present of the present fills our hearts with grace

Oh . . .

Crowded malls, crowded malls, crowded night and day
Oh what fun it is to LAUGH as Spirit Lights The Way


Crowded malls, crowded malls, crowded night and day
Oh what fun it is to LAUGH as Spirit Lights The Way


Aah . . . that’s better!

Written for:  Susanna Leonard Hill’s Pretty Much World Famous 2nd Annual Holiday Contest ~ entries must be submitted by 12/19/12.


1. ryoko861 - December 15, 2012

I think you missed your calling! You should do YouTube videos! LOL!!

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

Great idea, Irene. I can be a Pop Star! 😎

2. Lisa Wields Words - December 15, 2012

Thank you for that. I needed the giggle this morning.

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

You’re not alone, Lisa. It’s easy to be consumed by the sorrows and tragedies that surround us . . . but that just adds to the darkness.

Instead, we need to create MORE LIGHT!

3. sweetdaysundertheoaks - December 15, 2012

I actually just tried singing that.. 😀 Fun!

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

As I wrote it . . . I sang it . . . entertaining BFF in the process. 😉

4. aawwa - December 15, 2012

You have some amazing skills. I am impressed 🙂

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

Thanks, aawwa. If you get a chance, click on the link and read Susanna’s “sample story” ~ same tune with incredible lyrics. Poor Santa. 😀

5. Susanna Leonard Hill - December 15, 2012

Oh, gosh! With illustrations and everything! Great job, Nancy. I love the sentiment, that it’s important to remember what the season is really all about even when your at the mall! Thanks for a great entry!

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

Thanks, Susanna. In retrospect (i.e, AFTER reading your “sample story”), I would have approached the challenge differently ~ instead of repeating the chorus, I would have added more verses.

No matter. I had FUN. And I look forward to reading the other submissions. 😀

6. Pamela Courtney - December 15, 2012

Wow, Nancy! From pausing in the mall to singing in the mall, thanks for beautifully lighting the way. Oh what a fun read!

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

Thanks, Pamela. I had FUN writing this . . . especially the chorus. 😀

I’m looking forward to seeing all the submissions.

7. Andra Watkins - December 15, 2012

I wish you had put in a video of your singing this one to accompany the post, Nancy. 🙂

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

I can shoot video with my camera . . . but the gremlins in my computer no longer allow me to upload footage to share on line. 😉

If you have time . . . Susanna is accepting entries until the 19th. And she’s giving away FIVE cash awards and critiques.

8. kateshrewsday - December 15, 2012

Bravo, Nancy 😀 This was such a breath of fresh air!

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

Thanks, Kate. Here’s to taking time to Pause, Sing, and Laugh as we move through this festive season of the year.

kateshrewsday - December 15, 2012

Amenamenamenamen 😀 Positivity. In the face even of evil: it’s the only way forward.

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

There is only one way to conquer the darkness of sorrows and tragedies that befall us . . . we must create MORE LIGHT.

Here’s to Light, Love, and Laughter.

9. Joanna - December 15, 2012

So much fun and I loved all the pics to go with it!

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

Thanks, Joanna. LOVE is the antidote to fear and a balm to our pain. We are happy because we laugh.

10. Tom (Aquatom1968) - December 15, 2012

I have a feeling I shall be humming that tune all evening now, Nancy. Brilliant! 😀

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

Thanks, Tom. We were strolling through the shops on Bridge Street today . . . as I was thinking about “Dashing Through The Mall with a wobbly shopping cart.” 😀

11. barb19 - December 15, 2012

This felt like a shaft of bright light amidst the darkness that we are all feeling at the moment.
Thanks for your positivity, Nancy.

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

Thanks, Barb. Even in the midst of life’s tragedies, it pays to find things to smile about . . . and spread that JOY to others.

Happy people don’t shoot children.
People in pain do.

12. thiskidreviewsbooks - December 15, 2012

Wonderful! 😀

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

Thanks! The best way to dispel the darkness of life’s tragedies is by creating more Light, Love, and Laughter.

13. Rebecca Fyfe - December 15, 2012

That was beautiful! I really dislike the crowded malls at this time of year and avoid them when possible. I loved the line “Spirit Lights the Way.” 🙂

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

Thanks, Rebecca . . . if the song takes off, it will be FREE advertising for my blog. 😉

14. patientdreamer - December 15, 2012

Oh this was such fun to sing along to. Well done! A nice giggle for the day…

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

Thanks! We attended a luminary walk through the woods with Christmas Carols filling the air this evening. When the violinist played “Jingle Bells,” I heard these words instead. 😀

15. Three Well Beings - December 15, 2012

Wonderful, Nancy! I sang this song right along with you! Perfect!

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

Thanks, Debra! I had fun revising the lyrics to this classic. 😀

16. Patricia Tilton - December 15, 2012

Love your entry Nancy. Love the emphasis on spirit lighting the way!

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

Thanks so much, Patricia. I’ve been busy today . . . but I’m looking forward to reading the other entries tomorrow and Monday. 😀

17. ericjbaker - December 16, 2012

Cats in hats… you simply can’t lose.

nrhatch - December 16, 2012

Horrors! I could never rewrite a Dr. Seuss classic! 😯

But YOU could! Check out the contest rules . . . you have until Wednesday to enter.

ericjbaker - December 16, 2012

I was actually talking about the picture of the cat wearing a Santa hat! Unless you were using dry humor and it went over my head.

Dr. Seuss is untouchable!

nrhatch - December 16, 2012

Doh! It’s late . . . I’m tired. You said “cats in hats” and I pictured “The Cat in the Hat” celebrating Christmas. 🙄

Glad that neither one of us is inclined to get tangled up in mangled up knots while trying to rework his words.

18. sufilight - December 16, 2012

Haha, I was humming your song! Read the comments and I am smiling that you entertained your BFF while writing this. 😀

nrhatch - December 16, 2012

Thanks, Marie. BFF found the singing much more enjoyable than the muttering which sometimes occurs when I’m trying to iron the wrinkles out a sentence that refuses to cooperate. 😉

19. Romelle Broas - December 16, 2012

I can’t seem to get away from the crowded malls. Love that you incorporated your blog title in your song/story. So much more fun reading about crowded malls than being at one!

nrhatch - December 16, 2012

Thanks, Romelle. It can be FUN to be in the midst of a crowd of joyous people . . .harried shoppers seldom rise to that level. 😉

20. Cathy Ballou Mealey - December 16, 2012

So clever! With love and grace, Spirit does Light the Way!

nrhatch - December 16, 2012

Thanks, Cathy. Susanna’s contests are TONS of FUN. 😀

21. jannatwrites - December 16, 2012

This was fun to read! I avoid the mall, but have had the misfortune of being there in the week preceding Christmas in the past. Fa la la la la….

nrhatch - December 16, 2012

Thanks, Janna. The mall serves a purpose, I suppose . . . someplace for Santa to hang his hat and set up his lap. Ho~Ho~Ho!

22. Beth Stilborn - December 16, 2012

Light and love — good things to concentrate on. Thanks!

nrhatch - December 16, 2012

Thanks, Beth. 😀

23. Cheryl Secomb - December 16, 2012

Wonderful! How fun! And uplifting, too. Thanks for sharing!

nrhatch - December 16, 2012

Thanks, Cheryl. I have yet to make the rounds of the other entries. I am “behind my time” once again. Hopefully, tomorrow. Tuesday at the latest. 😉

24. Carrie Finison - December 16, 2012

Ugh, the mall. I’ve managed to avoid it so far this season. This is a great reminder of what Christmas is really about.

nrhatch - December 16, 2012

Thanks, Carrie . . . it’s great to take time to pause, sing, and laugh. It helps to keep our wits about us and our sense of humor intact. 😀

25. viviankirkfield - December 16, 2012

Love the whole ‘Spirit Lights the Way’ idea, Nancy! Great entry…and I loved your photos. Your participation in Susanna’s contests is a blessing to all of us. 🙂

nrhatch - December 16, 2012

Thanks, Vivian. Other than your submssion, and Susanna’s “sample” (both awesome), I haven’t yet made the rounds to read other posts. Hope to find the time to do so tomorrow.

26. Nancy Curteman - December 17, 2012

Clever play on J Bells. Takes real talent to work out these little ditties.

nrhatch - December 17, 2012

Thanks, NC! If you click on the link to the contest . . . you be treated to some real talent. Susanna’s sample is marvelous. 😀

27. diannegray - December 17, 2012

Fantastic, Nancy. I’m still singing it! What a beautiful post to lighten the mood 😉

nrhatch - December 17, 2012

Thanks, Dianne. Taking the time to Pause, Sing, and Laugh always pays dividends . . . especially when the pace becomes hectic.

28. Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe) - December 17, 2012

So true, Nancy! I’ve despised malls my entire life and am so glad they aren’t a part of the fabric of society here in Italy. Here’s to putting away the plastic and singing a few carols! 🙂

nrhatch - December 17, 2012

Thanks, Renee! I loved going to the mall as a kid . . . as an adult, not so much. :mrgreen:

29. Linda Boyden - December 17, 2012

Sweet images, Nancy! Good luck with the contest!

nrhatch - December 17, 2012

Thanks, Linda. I’ve only read a couple of submissions thus far . . . I hope to read the rest today and tomorrow. The ones I’ve read are FANTASTIC.

30. spilledinkguy - December 17, 2012

I usually can’t even work up the courage to get into the parking lot! 🙂
Best of luck, Nancy!!! 🙂

nrhatch - December 17, 2012

I understand completely, SIG. BFF and I have been to “the mall” a grand total of 2x in 2012. Both times we went with a specific mission in mind and were in and out of the parking lot in less than an hour.

We’re as speedy at shopping as St. Nick is in the delivery. 😉

spilledinkguy - December 17, 2012

I try to remain at a very safe distance…
there is a ‘Panda Express’ in the food-court of the mall nearest me, though… so that’s a pretty serious temptation…

nrhatch - December 17, 2012

The food court IS a temptation. I almost always prefer eating to shopping. 😀

31. clarbojahn - December 17, 2012

Love your entry, Nancy. We can all heed the Spirit and Light more this season and all through the year. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

nrhatch - December 17, 2012

Thanks, Clar! This has been a tough year for many . . . ending on a tragic note for even more. Here’s to Light, Love, and Laughter.

clarbojahn - December 17, 2012

Yes! the three “L’s”. perfect. 🙂

32. Barbara Backer-Gray - December 17, 2012

Hahaha! Brilliant.

nrhatch - December 17, 2012

Thanks, Barbara. I had FUN playing around for Susanna’s contest. She’s accepting submissions for two more days if you have the time and the inclination to join the seasonal frivolity. 😀

33. laurimeyers - December 17, 2012

I usually find the mall to be quite scary! I could use some Spirit and Light.

nrhatch - December 17, 2012

It IS scary. 😯

Especially when you bump into one of Santa’s elves in the dark restroom corridors. 😉

34. thegracefuldoe - December 17, 2012

Beautiful sentiments. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas, it’s nice sometimes to pause and remember the reason for the season.

nrhatch - December 17, 2012

This year, we have made a concerted effort to seek out Seasonal Venues that don’t include SHOPPING at the mall ~ all three towns on AMI have Holidy Open Houses with music, decorations, and refreshments to enjoy. No purchase necessary. We also enjoyed a Luminary Walk through the woods at De Soto National Memorial with 5 different music acts. Lovely.

And for LAUGHTER . . . we watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! 😆

35. Alayne Kay Christian - December 17, 2012

I like the way you mixed a serious topic with fun. I just know “Oh crowded malls, crowded malls . . .” will be ringing through my head tonight when I’m trying to sleep. Nice job!

nrhatch - December 17, 2012

I hope you don’t end up with insomnia . . . or, worse, indigestion. Thanks Alayne.

36. Maria - December 18, 2012

So very, very true. Since having kids, I avoid the mall at Christmas at all costs Online shopping is my best friend 🙂

A nice contrast between the commercial and the spiritual. Thanks for sharing!

nrhatch - December 18, 2012

Thanks, Maria. Life balance is key . . . at any time of year. 😀

37. Anna - December 19, 2012

I love the contrast you’ve painted in your descriptions. Crowded malls sound so chaotic. We definitely need to remember to pause, sing and laugh! What a fun rendition.

nrhatch - December 19, 2012

Thanks, Anna. I appreciate you stopping by . . . especially at this hectic time of year. Ho! Ho! Ho!

38. bluebee - December 20, 2012

That’s the spirit 🙂

nrhatch - December 20, 2012

I’ve pressed “pause” this afternoon . . . to read The Book of Invention. What FUN.

39. Stacy S. Jensen - December 20, 2012

Love it. I avoid the malls … well year-round, if I can help it. Thanks for sharing your story.

nrhatch - December 20, 2012

Thanks, Stacy. Me too. We venture into the mall on only the rarest of occaions . . . like when we get a coupon for FREE stuff, no purchase necessary. 😀

40. Penny Klostermann - December 22, 2012

Loved your post and the entire post! You got it right!
Merry Christmas!

nrhatch - December 22, 2012

Thanks, Penny. Hope your Christmas is full of good cheer. 😀

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