Just thinking about memories of my childhood and my kids' childhoods bring a flood of warmth to my heart in response to a couple of things coming up in Portage when it’s so cold outside.
The first is a memory from my childhood at a very young age. My dad worked two jobs up until I was about 10-years-old so my mom could stay home with us. He loved me unconditionally and took time out to make all my band concerts, Girl Scout Daddy-Daughter Dinners and other activities, even though he was exhausted.
My first date with my daddy was when I was only 4. My brother had strep throat with a high fever and my mom felt she should not go to a wedding reception with my Dad. So began my first date with daddy. I wore a pink chiffon dress and black, patent leather shoes. Even then I loved getting dressed up and dancing so this date thing was right up my ally. After dinner my dad picked me up and whirled me around the dance floor. I was out with the most handsome man in the world, my Dad.
Even as my dad and I age, I often think back to that time when I was and still am Daddy’s little girl. Here in Portage, however you do not have to wait for a sibling to get sick to have a night out with daddy. The Portage Parks and Recreation Department host its annual Daddy-Daughter Dance on Feb. 7 at Woodland Park-Oakwood Hall, 2100 Willowcreek Road. Fathers and daughters are invited to come out and have a lovely evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The special night includes a wonderful dinner, beverage, dessert, entertainment, a corsage for the lady and a 5x7 photo by Fox. Hurry, because couples must register with the Portage Parks Department by Friday. This event sells out every year and rightly so; who wouldn’t want to be the belle of the ball with her most wonderful dad?
Next up is memories from our boys' childhoods. It’s been well over a dozen years since Randy and I have taken an active role in the Portage Little League and I can honestly say I miss all those cool evenings and hot afternoons watching our boys and their friends play from the bleachers, dugout or concession stand. Hopefully one day we will be able to watch our grand kids playing on those fields of dreams. Oh, and did I say I am looking forward to grandkids since both of our sons are married off to wonderful women now?
This organization has touched so many lives in a positive way and really deserves kudos to all those that give of their time every year to encourage these kids on to great things in life.
Online registration has already opened and continues through March 1. This can be done on their website, www.portagelittleleague.org. Enter through the Southwest door at the front of the school.
In my opinion, Portage Little League is a good way to get our kids up and active in an organized sport that helps them with many different skills they will need in life.
So get out there and dance with daddy or play ball Portage!
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.