By Aaron Elder
Happy New Year! I wanted to get this thing started on the right foot…
I want a dance party. Well that’s not typically how I feel most of the time, but it is the daily (at least) request of my two year old daughter. I oblige a bit hesitantly, but when all is said and done, we’ve cut a rug for almost an hour with me displaying my vast collection of dance moves.
My particular dance party music is ‘90s country. There is a familiar moan when I play the songs my kids don’t like, but I always make sure to play their favorites. For my two year old, it’s the Tim McGraw classic “Ah fah vih, fuh vih, fah mo fuh vih.” You may recognize that song as “I like it, I love it (I want some more of it).” For my 4 and 7 year olds it is “I Shoulda Been a Cowboy,” complete with our own cowboy dance moves.
It would not be 100% accurate to say that all goes well at our dance parties. We have the customary fussers about music choice and who danced longer with daddy, but this time is such a delight. I’m belting out old classics from my growing up. I’m swinging my 2 and 4 year old through my legs and back – up into the air as high as I can (without risking a hospital visit). I’m swing dancing with my 7 year old and lifting her in my arms every time Toby Keith sings the line, “stealin’ the young girls’ hearts…”
There is something about dancing that connects people in a unique way. For me it provides space to drop the pretense and delight in this life that God has given. So, go ahead, put on your favorite jams and bust a move!