Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I Could Have Danced All Night
As a parent, there are certain moments that are priceless. The picture above memorializes one of those moments. AFJROTC was important to all of my children, and they all went to the military ball. My second daughter, Hannah, attended one year with this fine young man. As you can tell by the smile on his face, he was thrilled to be her escort that night. She towered over him, and he looked like he was ten years old, but they were good friends. The weather that night was miserable, and our street was flooded when he came to pick her up. The young man and his father put a blanket or tarp between the sidewalk and their car to protect Hannah's shoes from getting wet. I don't remember the kid's name, but I will never forget the look of total joy on his face when he picked her up that night. I'm sure Hannah has no idea how happy she made that kid!
Another dance -- and I believe this was also a military ball. Molly will correct me if I'm wrong, I'm sure. This is my oldest daughter, Molly, with her date. At first glance, you would think this picture isn't quite as silly as Hannah's picture -- until you understand the facts. The fine young man in this picture, John, has something in common with Molly. They share the same half-brother. John was kind enough to take Cinderella to the ball. If you look closely at the top right, you'll see a picture of Matt, their half-brother. Matt is the child of my husband Danny and his first wife, Gloria. John is the child of Gloria and her second husband, Don. John has always been one of my favorite kids. He's married to a sweet gal now and they have beautiful children. I have often thought about how sweet he was on that one special night.