In our religious upbringing, dancing was sinful. So whenever there was dancing as part of our Physical Education at school, we got Religious Exemption. Both Everette and I. Different environments (city gal and country boy), different schools, obviously different parents but same religious perspective.
Dancing was wrong. Along with a deck of cards. Bowling alleys. You get the picture.
Well, I've been wanting to learn how to dance for years now. I even borrowed some videos from the library, once. Some Country Line Dancing. And Layne, Rauchelle & I had a hoot laughing alongside Everette as he tried to follow the steps to something like The Watermelon Crawl with his dress shoes sliding along the shag carpet of a house we were housesitting. I think tears rolled down my cheeks.
Since then I've either had a growing belly sticking way out there, or a nursing baby I didn't want to drag to a dance class and worry the whole time about, or leave a nursing toddler at home with.....whom?? So we just never learned.
One night many moons ago when I had traveled to Minneapolis with my mom and sister for a cousin's wedding, one of my uncles made me get up and 'learn' to dance some waltz or something as he pushed aside some tables and chairs at the back of the empty restaurant we were having a late dinner at. He said it was to prepare me for the dancing at the wedding reception in a couple of days. His alcoholic breath didn't actually endear me to the experience, but I still knew that in the right situation dancing could be fun for me.
Well, the time has come, and tonight actually Everette and I took our very first dance class. "Social Ballroom".
And it was fun.
We suck. But we have a whole week to practice!
And did I say it was fun?!