Aly's last Daddy/Daughter dance...
The time had come to dance again
You could feel it in the air,
I saw it in my daughter’s eyes
As she practice-primped her hair.
“Are you getting excited?” Aly said
as she hugged me ‘round the waist,
“You better believe it!” I replied
as I picked her up with haste.
I swung her clockwise in the air
And sang a made-up song,
And as she smiled with girly glee
She sighed, “It won’t be long.”
I laid her in her fluffy bed
And hugged her with a cleave,
She shot-gun giggled with delight
on this Daddy-Daughter Dance Eve.
The whole day long my mind would drift
To dancing with my princess.
As she gathered with her giddy friends
All dolled up in their dresses.
Before I knew it, the time had come
to head toward my home,
where Aly was prepping for the night
with her makeup-artist-Mom.
As I turned into the gravel drive
And pulled up toward the garage,
I saw my girls off to the left,
And it felt like a mirage.
All preened and prissed was Aly Grace
With a mother’s custom care,
She stood there proud inside her dress
With her curly brunette hair.
She posed against the maple tree
As her mother snapped some shots,
I walked toward her with a smile
“I love you lots and lots.”
“I love you, too, Daddy!” she said
nasal toned and nostrils flaring,
I needed to go and change my clothes
But couldn’t keep my eyes from staring.
My little girl was growing up
Right before my aging eyes,
These moments won’t be here for long,
You get no second tries.
I hustled to my closet space
And fetched my nicest suit,
I combed my hair, put on cologne
That smelled like passion fruit.
I went downstairs and presented myself
As my daughters “ohhed” and “ahhed”,
They love it when I get all dressed up
And become the handsome dad.
We packed the family in the car
And headed out to eat,
Aly wanted for everyone
To enjoy this special treat.
Logan’s Roadhouse was the chosen spot
For our little pre-dance meal,
We ate free peanuts like elephants,
While Kami said, “What a steal!”
We finished up and headed home
To drop off her mom and her “sissies”,
And then we traversed o’er to Meijer
To get a surprise for “Miss Prissy”.
We parked the car and Aly said,
“Daddy, what are we doing here?”
I told her she had 10 dollars to spend
On whatever would bring her heart cheer.
She picked out a Webkin, I think that makes 12,
It was a Reindeer with antlers and fur,
She decided to name it Rudy for short,
I said that was entirely up to her.
We left the store and turned toward the school
She hugged her new animal tight,
The weather was perfect, the sky was clear
This was gonna’ be a glorious night.
When we walked in the school she skipped to the desk
Where they handed out tiaras and sashes,
Just like you’d see in a Miss American pageant,
Where the whole place sparkles and splashes.
We hit the dance floor like two butterflies
Spinning and swirling around,
No happier couple in the town of Lowell
Could possibly ever be found.
Between my legs I swung her frame
Then I snapped her to her feet,
Jigging back and forth like squirrels
We swayed to every beat.
The faster songs she danced with friends
And I would bow it out,
But when a slower song came on
I’d hear a little shout.
“Dad!” she cried with her little voice
“It’s time for us to dance.”
She’d grab by arm and lead me out
Where we’d assume the stance.
I took her little hand in mine,
she hugged me around my waist,
And bending down to cradle her,
I softly kissed her face.
The slower songs would settle her
And sedated in romance,
I’d pick her up; she’d straddle me
we'd spin as if entranced.
She’d bury her head into my neck
As I kissed her peach-fuzz ear,
I’d quietly whisper, “Love you, Grace”.
While I shed a fatherly tear.
Crying happened throughout the night
As I’d watch her lost in life,
There’s nothing better than innocence
To cut me like a knife.
As is the custom the night would end
With a love song for each date,
Aly knew it was coming really soon,
Like predestinated fate.
And when it came the song rang out
Like a spell was cast upon us,
I closed my eyes and took it in
Like a first encounter with Jesus.
“The smile on your face
lets me know that you need me
There’s a truth in your eyes
sayin’ you’ll never leave me
The touch of your hand
says you’ll catch me if ever I fall
You say it best
when you say nothing at all.”
I rocked her back and forth that night
Remembering her birth,
When I took her in my loving arms
And heaven came down to earth.
As time stood still her life had passed
Before my mindful eye,
And as the song came to an end
My heart began to cry.
These moments in a daddy’s life
Are fleeting as a mayfly,
Here today but gone tomorrow
How quickly time goes by.
I kissed her neck again and again,
She snuggled on my chest,
I tilted my neck toward her ear
And said, “Gracie, you’re the best.”
We pulled away that cool fall night
She sighed and held my hand,
“I hate when this happens,” she blurted out
I completely understand.
When we got home, she brushed her teeth
Preparing herself for bed.
I was downstairs upon the couch
Resting my weary head.
When all the sudden I heard a sob
That spoke of a broken heart,
Aly was weeping to her mother upstairs
Falling helplessly apart.
I heard her coming down the stairs
To give a goodnight hug,
She climbed upon my manly chest,
As snug as a bug in a rug.
She started to weep with sorrow deep
Like my little mourning dove,
I clasped my hands around her back
Embracing her with love.
I told her that we’d always dance,
We didn’t need an event,
We only needed our heart’s to seize
The dance in each moment.
With swollen eyes she smiled at me,
and I kissed her salty face,
This ends this story of my second born,
The adorable “Alyvia Grace.”