"When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor.
It's to enjoy each step along the way."
In the winter of 2009, my husband Mike, before he was my husband, agreed to take ballroom dancing lessons with me in preparation for our April wedding. Once a week, we would drive 20 minutes from our apartment to the ballroom dance studio. Dennis was our instructor. He was dapper, always dressed impeccably, and he was patient! Very patient. Our wedding song would be Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" and Dennis choreographed a dance routine for us, teaching us the steps and adding more each week.
Wedding planning can be pretty stressful stuff, but the weekly dance lessons were actually a fun escape. We laughed and named the steps, including one called "Toss the Lady." We practiced during the week in the living room of our apartment, working together to master the first dance we would perform at our wedding reception.
These days, there aren't many opportunities to dance. With a 5 year old son and a 2 1/2 year old daughter, full-time jobs, household responsibilities, and more, life is far busier and more complicated than it was on those winter nights when it was just the two of us, learning the steps of a new dance. These days, flopping on the couch after an exhausting day is as much as can be mustered on most nights. And yet, the memories of those dance lesson days bring back another time in our lives, before we were Mommy and Daddy, when we were a couple at the beginning of a life together.