February 15, 2010

A Princess Turn Queen

Dani's Adult Day Hab held their sweetheart dance last Friday. My husband Jimmy was the photographer so I came along for the ride. I was curious as a cat to see if our little angel would dance even one step. As much as she loves music I couldn't imagine her putting forth more energy than it takes to watch and smile at the proceedings. I didn't want to miss it for the world and I'm glad I didn't. It was oodles of fun.

With the sweetheart theme swirling in my mind, I dressed her in a beautifully delicate pink Easter-type dress, curled the ends of her long shiny hair, put on her lacy white socks and black patton leather shoes, and crowned her with a tiara atop her pretty little head. She was as beautiful as the day she was born, our little princess in pink, and who would have known she would return a queen!

The decorations were complete, the DJ was warming up, the photographer was set (and mighty cute I will say), and in came the crowd. One after another folks filed in until the room was jam packed full of people ready to party the afternoon away...and party they did. Whether in wheelchairs or holding walkers, everyone danced to the oldies, newies, and everything in between. There were songs I never heard in my life that others were singing and dancing to like it was the national anthem. I felt a bit dated till they played one of my old-time faves, the Bees Gees "Staying Alive." I couldn't resist boogying a little myself, and to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as well. Not one person was left out. Everyone had a wonderful time and by the end of the afternoon my cheeks ached from smiling so much.

Then...it was time. Time to crown the king and queen of the sweetheart dance, to which we were pleasantly surprised to learn Dani was up for the running. Wow. Just the thought. Our little girl a queen? Sounded mighty nice and she was certainly dressed for the occasion. What great timing! But, would we get a good picture of her? She hates taking pictures and will surely cry when she has to stand before the crowd with cameras pointing in her direction. What in the world was she going to do?

When the nominees were called and had gone forward, the crowd voted via applause and what do you know Dani, her partner the king, and another couple tied. It was a wonderful time for everyone, especially one queen's mother and father. Jimmy took a few shots of her and to no one's surprise she is crying her eyes out. Beauty and fame is painful, so I hear.

King and Queen (left)

Dani and mom knocking hips

Becka and Dani (left)

A little pre-dance glide down the hall on the scooter with her teacher, Loretta.
Somehow they kept the dress clean.
Happy Valentine's Day!


Abba's Girl said...

Great pictures, so glad she had fun...thank you for sharing.

much2ponder said...

What an amazing time you shared with your daughter. Your daughter looks beautiful and I must say...you are looking pretty good yourself. Thanks for sharing this story with us, a true life princess turned queen. God is good.

Cheryl Barker said...

Love the pic of you and Dani and also the ones on the scooter. Looks like it was a wonderful time for all. Congrats to Dani!