It was also a FUN party. Between catching up with extended family members, enjoying the delish food and drink and dancing with my super-fab sister while watching our husbands knock back beer after beer, I thought the party simply could not be topped.
Until the DJ played Eye of the Tiger.
Eye of the Tiger is James' favorite song - a song he "requested" his Aunt Jenny and Uncle Nick play at their wedding via their wedding website. Years ago, James saw a hokey, homemade rendition of Thomas the Train set to the song on YouTube and rocked out to the song. Since then, it's been blasted at the house, been sung off-tune before basketball games and played in the car on the way to school. I often watch him from the rearview mirror as he closes his eyes and bounces his head in time with the beat of the song.
To say the kid likes himself some Rocky music is an understatement.
James' music request was more of a joke than anything, after all Eye of the Tiger isn't exactly dancing music, right? I quickly learned otherwise. On a night that is supposed to be reserved for the whims and wishes of the bride, Jen thoughtfully asked the DJ to play the song for her nephew. When the first few beats of the song blasted from the speakers, James dropped what he was doing at the table, looked up at me with his eyes wide as saucers and exclaimed, "IT'S EYE OF THE TIGER!!!!!!"
After such enthusiasm, it didn't take much to convince him to break it down together on the dance floor. Sans a few good sports, we had the floor to ourselves. Like part of his routine, James closed his eyes, bopped his head and smiled with delight. And then we danced our hearts out, holding hands, singing the lyrics and twirling each other until we both got dizzy.
It was a moment I will treasure forever. Thank you, Jen.
|The boys dancing earlier in the evening with Oma, Aunt Amy and Mommy. They liked getting "twirled."|