Friday, December 9, 2011

Dances With Dad

Spring of 1996: Sixth Grade Formal Dance
For months, all of the sixth grade students at my school learned the fox trot, waltz, swing dance, cha cha, and every other style that kids don't know.  Our teachers put together a formal dance, complete with dance cards.  Our parents were invited, and although we all thought it was such a stupid idea at first, it was such a fun night.  Our dance cards were filled out for us, because it encouraged us to venture out of our comfort zone.  Looking back on all the photos, you can see how much we, the kids, loved it.  The dresses, the ties, curled hair, corsages and boutonnieres, the decorations -- we felt so special!  The parents were so impressed with how much the teachers invested -- and that their 11-year-olds knew all of these dance styles!  I have two favorite moments:

1.) I had a dance with my cousin Nathan who was one of my best friends in school.  After his parents divorced, we didn't see each other except at school.  I haven't seen him since elementary school.  He was such a funny and SMART kid!  I hope he's healthy and happy.
2.) The father/daughter dance.

Spring of 2011: I Got Married!
And I got another father/daughter dance!

How great are these side-by-side?  What a difference 15 years... doesn't make!  I think I just tugged at my own heart strings.  I love you, Dad!


Leah said...

Man, I wish I had teachers that did that. 1) I'm too nervous to do dancing lessons now. I know one can always learn at any age, but it's different when everyone is young and beginners 2) That sounds perfect to get people to step out of their comfort zone. I could still use that now. Every once and a while when I'm at register and someone comes up, there's kind of that awkward silence. Lately I've been pushing myself to say whatever my mind is thinking (as long as I don't offend) just to see if I can push myself a little more than just standing and smiling.

Also those side-by-sides in a beautiful frame would make a great father's day gift.

Miss you :)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful journey back in time! This is what life is about...nurturing and encouraging the ones you love, building memories, and being there to share our travels through time. I vividly recall the Sixth Grade Dance. I was a proud dad. And I felt that same pride on your wedding day. I love that you're our daughter. I love that I'm your dad. I look forward to our next dance..........

Marie @ Life is a Highway said...

I love it!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Love you and dad so much! Great pictures! -Summ