To get the day off to an inspirational start: in the video above, now going viral across the net and deservedly so, Dallas exotic dancer Genea Sky falls almost 15 feet from her pole, lands on her face, and keeps twerking until she leaves the stage for urgent medical attention. The fall, which occurred over the weekend, fractured the dancer’s jaw, which was operated on the next day, broke some teeth, teeth and sprained her ankle.
On the plus side, she provided a visual example of professionalism, dedication, and guts for the ages. Her diligence in continuing to dance even after the accident is a marvelous exhibition of character. A GoFundMe page set up to help pay her medical expenses has raised more than $20,000.
Good. Sky deserves it. She had a job to do, and by God, she was going to do it.
In the immortal words of lyricist Frank L. Stanton (1857-1927, in a verse that comic Henry Gibson made a career out reciting to the point that most people think he wrote it (as I did, until recently):
If you strike a thorn or rose,
If it hails or if it snows,
‘Taint no use to sit an’ whine
When the fish ain’t on your line;
Bait your hook an’ keep a-tryin’–
When the weather kills your crop,
Though ’tis work to reach the top,
S’pose you’re out o’ ev’ry dime,
Gittin’ broke ain’t any crime;
Tell the world you’re feelin’ prime–
When it looks like all is up,
Drain the sweetness from the cup,
See the wild birds on the wing,
Hear the bells that sweetly ring,
When you feel like singin’, sing–
Because the show really must go on, and Genea Sky showed us that that is more than an empty cliché. It is the essence of the human spirit.