15th October, 2010. By Raylene Boots
In a previous blog, I mentioned that I am a traditionalist and believe that the parents’ dances should be included in everyone’s reception. I hold to that belief, but I must add a post script, having witnessed one of the most unique and touching mother-son “dances” I have ever seen in my twenty years experience.
I have to put “dance” in quotation marks because although it started out as a dance to the song “My Wish (For You)” by Rascall Flatts, it ended in a more personal way than a dance ever could.
Jonica and her son Ben worked out the details of their dance for his wedding on September 25. They began in a traditional manner, dancing to the touching music they had chosen. Within a minute, however, everyone could see that something very different had been planned. A table and chairs were placed on the dance floor, where mother and son moved to sit and leaf through an old family photo album. They were soon joined by father Doug and sister Janne, followed quickly by their whole family. “My Wish” was followed by everyone singing along to “Boondocks” by Little Big Town. But the word “boondocks” was replaced by ‘Slippery Rock, referring to the family homestead along the Slippery Rock Creek in the village of Wurtemburg. I have never seen anything more personal and suited to a mother and her son, and even more personal was the fact that their family members joined them. Kudos to this mother of the groom who managed to show her relationship to her son in such a personal and unique way.