I’m not much for parties, or dances for that matter. But there’s one event that’s now a “can’t miss” on my calendar every February.
The Daddy-Daughter Dance.
I couldn’t refuse even if I wanted to. My daughter wouldn’t let me. Weeks before the event, I was asked the question.
“Daddy, will you go with me to the Daddy-Daughter Dance?”
Could you refuse that question, especially when it’s asked by a 5-year-old with a big grin on her face?
“Looks like I’ve got a date,” I said to her mom.
I’m always impressed with the event, put on annually by the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club. The dance is one of the club’s major fundraisers for the year, and this year it benefited local charities such as CASA, Raquel’s Wings for Life, Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center and Wise County Christian Counseling.
The dance was held at the Decatur Civic Center for the first time this year, and I must say I think it’s the best one I’ve been to yet. Lori Sherwood and her staff did an excellent job in keeping those food and drink tables filled (even when a lot more people than expected showed up). The place was packed.
The “Under the Sea” theme was great. My daughter, Audree, (among many others) loved the bubble machine. The sea-themed cookies were also very creative. Audree was so impressed with the mermaid-shaped cookie that instead of eating it, she decided to take it home to give it to her mom.
But her favorite activity (for the fifth year in a row) had to be playing with some of the hundreds of the balloons scattered around the dance floor. I did manage to get one dance in before it was off to the table filled with tiaras, bracelets, rings, necklaces and long-stemmed flowers.
It was another wonderful event that will provide a lifetime of memories. By the way dads, the photos are now online and ready to be shared with family and friends.
The Bridgeport Daddy-Daughter Dance was the same night, and judging by Joe Duty’s photos, it was also a success.
I think what I like best about these dances is that it gives fathers a chance to set an example of how their daughters should be treated on a date – even if their dating age is still … oh, I don’t know … 20 years away.
Kudos to everyone who played a part in putting this year’s dance together. I’m looking forward to next year and even more great memories.
Brian Knox is the Messenger’s special project manager.