Wednesday, August 17, 2011

May Day!: You Are My Sunshine

I would like to say that choosing the Father-Daughter Dance song took some thought and time.  But it didn't.  Finding the right version of the song did.  Years ago Mama Goodlaff made an off-handed comment that she thought my Father-Daughter dance should be to "You Are My Sunshine," because Daddy Goodlaff used to sing it to me when I was little.  I guess it kind of stuck with me. 

When I went searching, I found many, many versions of the song, but mostly jazzy, five minute long renditions that were unsuitable for dancing, and for a while, I gave up on the song.  I looked at lists of normal Father-Daughter Dance songs, but none of them seemed right.  Then, buried deep in the trenches of iTunes, I found what I was looking for.  A two and a half minute Nat King Cole version.  It was perfect, and the deal was done.

I collected Daddy Goodlaff and we got ready for our dance, but as the music began, and we began dancing, Mama Goodlaff (who had no idea what my song choice was) was nowhere to be seen. 

Uh Oh.

As we danced, I kept looking for Mama Goodlaff, and told Daddy Goodlaff, "Mom is gonna be so pissed that she missed this!"

In fact, I'm pretty sure that's what I'm saying in this picture...

It turns out that Mama Goodlaff was there (we did see her later in our dance), she was just hugging the wall and bawling into her handkerchief.

Mama Goodlaff found, we could get back to our serious dancing business:

Daddy Goodlaff said later that the only thing keeping him from crying during the dance was me repeatedly insisting that Mama Goodlaff was gonna be pissed (what can I say, I'm totally classy like that).  We had to laugh and keep dancing because, well, what else could we do?

A big hug to finish off the dance, and we were all done!

All the digging around was totally worth it, because the song and the version was perfect for what we wanted. It was such a sweet moment, and I wouldn't have traded it for anything!

How did you choose your Father-Daughter Dance?

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  1. Aww this is such a sweet story--I love that you guys had a song that was just perfect for you!

  2. i died laughing when you said "she was just hugging the wall and bawling into her handkerchief." your poor mother! lol. i love all your dance pictures though :)