Let me set the scene.

A ballroom dance club in what we always thought was the shady side of town.

Dimly lit, white Christmas lights outlining the dance floor.

An average guy with fancy shoes comes over and attempts to teach Cody how to lead me, raise the bridge and check his watch. The same guy teaches me to walk around a puddle in six steps and keep my feet on a hundred dollar bill.

People file in.

We are welcomed with applause and introduced as the new kids.

The dancing starts.

Tiny old couples, stooped and wrinkled, foxtrot around the floor.

Schoolteachers dressed in heels and rhinestones turn into tango dancing minxes.

Cody and I are instructed to stay in the middle of the floor “where it’s safe for the new dancers.”

At the start of every song Cody squares me up to the wooden laminate on the floor, finds someone to watch and begins, quick quick slow, no. wait. Slow, quick quick. Crap. Something’s wrong. Okay. One, two, three…four? No. Shoot. OUCH. Sorry. *ahem* Okay. One. Two. Quick quick. NO! Don’t talk! We have it! Oh crap. Sorry.

For almost three hours we giggle and fall all over each other, the new kids stumbling in the middle of the floor while others literally dance circles around us.

We left with sore feet and still no clue what we are doing.

We spent the night happy and tangled up with each other.

I love him.

i find the glow of Christmas lights horribly romantic

I really, reallyΒ do.


  1. Awww…

  2. Lovely post.

    Makes me sad because we don’t have that.

  3. It’s funny, I just spent the day with my cousins and I kept thinking of my husband all day long, wishing he was with me. I got home, he had cleaned the HOUSE and I told him I really missed you today. He told me he missed me too and gave me the sweetest kiss. I love him. I really, really do πŸ™‚

  4. awww…

  5. So sweet. Love love love. πŸ™‚ Glad you guys had fun too – that is the absolute best part, no matter how the actual dancing is!

  6. It sounds like a really great time.

  7. Aw, awesome! I’ve been thinking about doing this!

  8. SO. FUN. I went to one of those places a few times the summer after I graduated from high school with a friend’s brother who was on the BYU Ballroom Dance Team and…OH MY LANDS. It was an absolute BLAST!! This guy was amazing and even though I had NO clue what I was doing he lead so well that it made me feel like a superstar!

    I’ve asked Jonathan if he’d do that and…he has hesitated. But I think it would be SO fun. I think we’d end up JUST like you guys, stepping on each other and giggling the whole time…and probably tangled up the rest of the night. πŸ˜‰

    Was it a Groupon, or one of those 4 sessions for $45 ads?? Where?

  9. mommabird2345 says:

    That is so sweet!!! Have fun in your dance classes. πŸ™‚

  10. And that’s all that ever matters.

    I never feel as much of a part of a team as when my husband and I take a dance floor. Neither of us knowing what the heck we are doing.

  11. Man, you just made me cry. Beautiful.

  12. How absolutely dreamy!

  13. You’re a sappy, gushy romantic! (And it takes one to know one) We took swing dance classes about (cough) eleven years ago. We also used to go dancing with my grandparents. Your post takes me back to those evenings with them, and how I’d give anything to have one more night like that, since my grandfather passed away last year.

  14. I have so much respect for the way you two fight for each other, demanding to have fun in the process.

  15. The fact that you can learn to dance and keep your sense of humor at the same time means you have what it takes to be a happy couple IMO.

  16. Larry and I have taken multiple dance lessons. We always forget, and regress, and we don’t practice–but I adore dancing with him and it is a high point of our happy relationship!

  17. awe, my heart just melted a little~!

  18. I’m jealous because Mike would never, ever do this! Well, maybe never, if I twist his arm enough… πŸ˜€

  19. Twirl for eternity.

  20. That sounds like so much fun. Glad you had a fun night!

  21. Man, you just made me cry. Beautiful.

  22. That was such a romantic read. But please don’t tell anyone I said so : )

  23. Love it– very romantic and the pic is quite lovely. Hope you have it framed:)

  24. Twirl for eternity.

  25. I love posts that make me feel all warm and fuzzy, like this one. Such gorgeous words and picture.

  26. How fun that you are taking dance lessons together! Do you go to a studio? Often? Tell us more!