I have a specific memory that has always been close to me. I have no idea if it was the first dance I went to, it might have been., but it is the dance I remember most. I moved from Georgia to a small town in Iowa when I was 10. Even though my family had deep roots in the small town, I was never really accepted like a native. I had friends, but it was different than the tight-knit cliques.
Sometime in junior high, I forget which grade it was, we were invited to attend a dance with the high schoolers. It was held at the school which housed kindergarten through fifth grade and then ninth grade through twelfth. We were all in the gym with the junior high kids sitting on the bleachers on one side and the older kids on the other. They started playing music, but everybody sat there for awhile. I don’t remember exactly what was said, but one of the chaperones basically said that each high school student should ask somebody from junior high to dance.
One of the high school guys I thought was especially dreamy made his way over and while I secretly wanted him to ask me to dance, I thought there was no chance. When he got there and held his hand out to me, I about cried. I was a little embarrassed, but excited because we were the first to start dancing. I have no idea what song we danced to and when it was over I hurried back to the bleachers. I honestly don’t remember much of the rest of the night, but it’s something I smile about when I look back.
Do you remember your first dance?