Dr Mariani: You'll be able to tap-dance.
Me: Oh, thank you. I never could before.
One of my fair-weather cousins said I’m lucky the doctor didn’t kick me in the good knee in response to my comment, but other friends (and probably the good doctor himself) recognized it as a variant of ‘Will I be able to ply the violin?’ Since this is knee surgery, I had to adjust the joke to something having to do with legs. The doctor graciously smiled rather than rolling his eyes.
I had just attended an elementary school reunion also attended by two brothers named Major: the older one is of course naed Major Major and the younger one is named Major Minor. They were gracious enough, too, to remark in favor.
One of my former students noted having seen my attempts at cultural dance, but not yet tap-dancing. That's the point, of course--the surgery allows me to branch into new achievement.
Gene Kelly and associates in 'Singin' in the Rain' provide copious showers of inspiration, and his ‘An American in Paris' could even inspire the French, were such a thing possible. Snoopy in ‘Suppertime’ (from ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ and Michael Flately in ‘Riverdance’, ‘Lord of the Dance’ and ‘Feet of Flames’ enthuse us to enter greater realms of dexterity.