This post is written by Bottle Pop's own Kristen, who is currently planning her winter wedding!
Do I watch? Of course! Every single one. Some are adorable, some are slightly cringe-worthy, and almost all of them make me think, with absolute fondness, of my Dad.
This Father’s Day weekend, it will be ten years since we said goodbye to him. Yes, he passed away on Father’s Day, a humid Sunday in June when I was 24. It’s not as tragic as it sounds, trust me. I almost think it’s kind of fitting; and we joke about how he could do nothing quietly, and his passing was certainly no exception. He was loud, with a booming voice and a huge personality. He was funny, and silly, and we had a shared love of laughter.
As my wedding plans progress, I often catch myself thinking of him and wondering what his role would’ve been in the planning process. As my sister recently mentioned, he’d definitely be the life of the party! One of his most notable qualities and one that I’ve heard many a story about was his ability to dance. Apparently he had some moves in his day! So much so that, when he was in high school, the upperclassmen would let him ‘hang out’ with them because he was such a good dancer and all of the girls wanted to be his partner. So I’ve been told!
Over the years, as all true and proud Philadelphians do, we’d watched The Mummer’s Parade on New Year’s Day together. It was a hometown tradition that my Dad adored and relished, and I followed suit. We’d then crack each other up year round as we’d randomly do The Mummer’s Strut around the living room.
Dancing, music, and laughing – all of the good stuff of life – that was what my Dad was about. I’ve been thinking recently about what song we’d maybe dance to at my wedding, if he was here. Of course, I have plenty of song ideas, but I can say with absolute certainty that he’d be obsessing over the idea of he and I doing a viral video of some sort. A typical father/daughter dance just would not suffice! To that end, I thought about some songs that we might do, maybe even landing us on YouTube!
All the Single Ladies – Being a bit of a ladies man (see: above), he’d have loved this song and I am certain that he would’ve taught himself the signature Beyoncé dance!
Come on Ride the Train – Hysterically, this mid 90’s pop hit was his trademark and would sing and dance to it constantly, for sure embarrassing my sister and I every chance he got.
The Hustle – A classic ‘70’s dance – of his era and a chance to show off his moves that made the ladies line up.
Lean Back – Again, quite hysterically he was obsessed with this song and would sing it to my sister all the time.
Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – I inherited my love of classic rock from him, and The Rolling Stones were among his cassettes that I’d steal from him and listen to in my room.
Ending, of course, with a little Mummer’s Strut set to the tune of “Oh Dem Golden Slippers”!
Happy Father’s Day! What songs will you and your Dad dance to at your wedding?