I am a very lucky man – I’ve got an amazing wife and am the father to three wonderful kids. Lylli was born on Halloween in 2008, Gracie was born November 2010 and although she only lived for 17 months, she will remain as much a part of this family as the rest of us, and Mickey Gray, our first son, was born in June of 2012. I’m not going to say that life has gone exactly as I would have wanted, but it is a good life and I am determined to make the best of it.

This blog is an attempt to document my quest to become a dad that my family can be proud of.

Monday, June 21, 2010

So You think You Can Dance? NOPE!

I'm not a dancer - Much more like Fred Flintstone than Fred Astaire - just something I don't like to do -- My wife loves to dance -- her whole family dances - I'd like to throw out the Ginger Rogers comparison here, but that isn't going to happen either (love ya Carrie). But I really do appreciate people that get enjoyment from throwing caution to the wind and moving their body to the music. To those that choose to sit along side and point fingers and laugh at the ones on the dance floor, I'd like to say -- really, who's the nerd or loser or goofball? The one not caring what others think, living in the moment and enjoying themself, or the one standing there putting down others to make themself feel better? That said, although I appreciate it, its just not something I enjoy that much. Carrie knew I wasn't a dancer getting into this whole thing and for the most part she's pretty good about it, but without a doubt there was always a point in the night when we were sitting at a wedding dance where she'd get mad that I don't dance - we finally came to a compromise -- I don't dance, and will most likely pretty much continue to not dance, but if we are at a wedding and a certain song comes on, I promised her that I will dance no matter what. As I watched my father-in-law this weekend dance to the Studebakers outside a tent - next to the beer trailer at a winery festival in the middle of the afternoon, I realized the topic of my next blog as well as a challenge that I am making to myself and want to make to those of you that are reading this. Pick a song - any song -- it could be a song with great meaning to you or just a song that makes you feel good and I challenge you to take my wedding promise to Carrie and incorporate it into your whole life. If at anytime, no matter where you are or what you are doing, that song comes -- Dance -- dance for those that can't and for those that can, dance and celebrate all that is good in this world -- don't worry about what anybody else thinks -- odds are it'll make them smile and improve their day too -- yeah, if you have to pull over your car and dance on the side of the road -- you may feel silly, but do it - I guarantee when you are finished, you will feel good. It won't be pretty when I do it, that I can guarantee, but I'm going to do it for my wife and for my daughter and for my unborn daughter, Gracie. Something that no matter where we are, we will do it to celebrate how goofy and beautiful this journey is that we're on. I challenge you to do the same. I'm not going to tell you what song I've chosen, but I will say that both my wife and daughter are girls that have brown eyes. I hope you choose a song and do the same.

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