Dance /dans/ verb
an act of stepping or moving through a series of movements usually in time to music
Middle English: from Old French dancer (verb), dance (noun), of unknown origin.
But what if your experience defies definition? What if the joy of dancing races with wild energy through your daughter’s soul?
I remember this little one who pulled herself up with fierce determination. She walked with that wide gait of a baby not quite ready to toddle. And then she danced. Every day. Her little knees bobbed up and down to every.single.song she heard: her dad whistling through a chore, hymns I played on the piano, the “kids songs” CD’s that streamed through our house.
She grew and she disciplined her muscle memory with ballet classes. She joined a performance group. She earned a spot on the high school dance team.
Now she is a senior in high school. Almost done. Admittedly, a bit weary with senioritis, but still filled with her fierce determination to finish well. As I contemplate sending her south to college, I find myself a bit reflective. Abigail has filled our lives with the meaning of her name: “The Father rejoices over you with joy!” And a thread woven through her happiest times has been tied to her dancing shoes.
(photo credit: Wayne Tarr Photography)