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Topic: Step(s) (11/29/12)
TITLE: DADDY'S STEPS
By debbie edwards
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On summer Saturday or Sunday afternoons, we would drive to an ice-cream parlor for a huge ice cream cone. I always chose coffee ice cream. My father chose butter pecan while my mother who was from the south chose peach. My sister did not always have a prize flavor would choose what ever exotic flavor the store had. But always, my mother would horrify us by actually biting into the ice-cream and never hurting her teeth with the coldness of the confection.
There were times on the days when we chose to stay home, my father who was very eclectic in music would put on one of his records and dance with my sister and I. His idea of dancing with us was to place our tiny paten leather shoe feet on his while we placed our arms around his waist. Then he proceeded to either waltz or to dance the two step. It was a contest to see how long we could stand on daddy’s feet before we would slide off. I did not know what I loved the most dancing waltzes on his wide size triple “e” feet or the two step. Years later, when we were much older and young ladies we would attend family weddings with our parents. During these times, it was a breathtaking experience to dance with my dad. This time of course, we were too old to stand on his feet to dance. I can’t say that I didn’t step on his feet accidentally once or twice.
Our father has been gone for two years now. I imagine he is probably dancing with Jesus. His dancing steps live on within my heart. Even though I am in my middle ages deep inside of me I will always be that little girl who danced on her daddy’s feet while he did the two step and the waltz.
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