"" bshawise: Five Year Anniversary

Friday, August 7, 2009

Five Year Anniversary

Five years ago, Leah and I were married. I'm feeling private today, so any lovey dovey stuff will be shared over dinner this evening. Today, I want to share a story of when one man stole the show at our reception. One podiatrist who with his very own fancy feet set the tone for what would become a full out party. One loving father who may have accidentally started the choreographed, wedding/reception dance phenomenon that's swept the nation. I asked his choreographer, Jessica Clarke, to recall the event. She wrote,

"Dad’s not a dancer. Never has been. Not at weddings, not at baht mitzvah’s, not leisurely. Growing up, Leah was paranoid he wouldn’t even do the father/daughter dance at her wedding. To reassure herself, she would tell him matter-of-factly ‘Well, you’re dancing with me at my wedding.’ Then, meekly she'd follow with, ‘Right? Please? Come on dad, you have to.’"

"Dad randomly said in passing to me, ‘She wouldn’t know what to do if I actually got out there and danced.’ I spent the next two days convincing my dad he should learn a choreographed dance. Jane supplied me with an N’SYNC music video to pull some sweet moves, and I put together a pretty basic routine."

"It took him a few hours to learn the dance, and even though he was way out of his element, he persevered. Dad does nothing half-hearted. There were many late-nights of practicing in the basement and garage. He would emerge sweaty to questioning looks from family members. Many times he'd ask, 'How’s that part go again?' or 'What do my feet do here?' Eventually, against all odds (his severe lack of rhythm), he conquered a dance routine that most six-year olds could manage."

"The reception was one of the few times I’ve seen my dad nervous. He was strangely quiet, couldn’t eat his dinner, and kept saying ‘I can’t wait ‘til it’s over’. He added the sunglasses so he could close his eyes and not have to see everyone watching him. He has told me since that he gained a new respect for cheerleading and dancers. I can only imagine what will ensue at the next Clarke wedding."

With that, I give you the world premiere of Dr. John Clarke's dance dance revolution.

14 comments:

leahwise said...

This is one of my favorite memories from the wedding. The entire day was incredible...

mariakae said...

Happy Anniversary you two!
That dance is still so impressive! I have to say I’m kind of jealous because he has more rhythm that I do! Go John!

Anne said...

So great.... Happy Anniversary!!

Liz said...

Happy Anniversary!

hopemarie3 said...

i actually cried! what a sweet sweet thing for a daddy to do for his little girl! aw, happy anniversary you guys. we love you!

Brian Conti said...

Happy Anniversary, guys! I can't believe it's been five years already, and that dance brought back the memory of one of the most hysterical wedding moments I've ever seen. Have a great time with one another today and I'm sure I'll catch up with the two of you soon.

Nate Williams said...

Happy Anniversary!!! Wow!! 5 years now!! Man time flies!! That dance was AWESOME!!! Great memories!! A Podiatrist has to be good with his feet!!

Alison Westfall said...

I'm so happy that I got to watch your Dad strut his stuff one more time, awesome! Happy Anniversary you two!

Christopher Day said...

Ummmm, TubaClarke anyone? Why have we not tapped into his talent?

todd thatcher said...

that is just fantastic!

Michael said...

I still remember it like it was yesterday! It just made me smile (and cry a little) remembering your special day! Congrats on 5 years!!! Here is to many many many more! Love you both so much!
~Staci, Mike & Melanie :)

Clarke said...

happy anniversary favorite people! bdub you did a great job on the video. i hadn't seen the dance since the wedding day! when i was watching i got nervous for dad all over again. ha!

jmjana said...

amazing.

workinprogress said...

That was an example of true love from a father to his daughter. Thanks for sharing.

Brad and Leah - I'm glad our lives have intersected. You're 2 fun cats to be around.