Apr 10 2010



The sign on our local ballroom used to say, “Stay young–go dancing.”  My aunt and uncle are taking this to heart.

Last night my aunt surprised my soon-to-be 83-year-old uncle by inviting family and friends to their monthly dancing spot.  An accordion player and a drummer made up the band, and plenty of waltzes and polkas ensued.

Among the practiced dancers on the floor, our family’s dance steps perhaps looked quite basic.  It wasn’t Dancing with the Stars, but something much better–dancing with my dad and my uncles and my cousins and of course my husband.

In between all of the dancing, there was visiting, and cake, and more visiting.  It was fun to catch up with family at a happy occasion.  My mom and dad drove six hours to be there for the evening and enjoyed reminiscing with their siblings.  I caught up with cousins I hadn’t seen in too long, and the next generation had a chance to become acquainted.  My poor son was thoroughly confused with the double-relations in the family, and the stories of couples who had met at family weddings.  (His parents are of course included in that list, as are his grandparents, his grandpa’s cousin who’s been married 56 years, and legend has it that even they weren’t the first.)

My uncle was on the dance floor more than anyone else, smiling the entire time as he danced with his wife, daughters, sister, and nieces.  He’s one of the youngest 83-year-olds I know.

He must have seen the sign at the ballroom.

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5 Comments to “Dancing”

  1. Laurie on 10 Apr 2010 at 10:13 am

    This brought tears to my eyes. I wish we could have been there! I’m glad everyone had a great time!

  2. Dominique on 10 Apr 2010 at 1:31 pm

    What a great way to spend some time with your family!
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  3. Angie on 10 Apr 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I love family get togethers like this. I grew up with my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents within a 2 mile radius. We’re 45 minutes away from family now and it’s so important to me that Paige grow up playing with her cousins and having fun. Family ties like that are the most important.
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  4. Susan on 12 Apr 2010 at 10:20 am

    What a wonderful celebration!

  5. Bridget Smith on 14 Apr 2010 at 10:17 am

    Oh Linda, I loved this post! What a beautiful story! My brother actually met my sister in law at a family wedding. Will be fun to see if their kids continue the “tradition”. LOL!
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