Grease is the word bellowed by Frankie Valli. That movie was very revealing to me about love and being hopelessly devoted to anyone. It brings up questions about who you think they are, who they really are and who they become for love?
Most of all, it reminded me of the wonderful relationship I have with my dad. It brought back a phrase that I will never forget; something that Frenchy uttered to Sandy as she consoled her after she found that Danny was not the boy she thought he was at all. She said, “The only boy a girl can really count on is her daddy.” The only man in your life that will love you unconditionally is your dad.
Even though my baby sister, Cheryl, was the apple of my dad’s eye, I was his first-born and almost always the one my mom and dad counted on to be their eyes and ears with my younger brother and sister.
My dad worked two jobs up until I was about 10 so my mom could stay home with “the kids.” 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 years old. 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. I felt like I was the belle of the ball. 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. What a wonderful night. 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 dramatically ill to have a night out with daddy. The Portage Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Daddy-Daughter Dance on Feb. 8 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 and a corsage for the lucky lady. The cost is $36 per resident-couple and $18 for each additional resident-daughter a daddy might bring. It is $41 per nonresident couples and $20.50 per extra nonresident daughters. There will be a photographer available at an additional charge to make those memories permanent with a portrait photo.
Couples must register with the Portage Parks Department by Jan. 30 at (219) 762-1675. 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?
Come on out and make some wonderful memories for the girl or girls in your life. You’ll be glad you did and the memories you make will last a lifetime. I will never forget my date with Daddy.