I think I join so many Americans in need of a little pick me up today after honoring the 10 year anniversay of September 11th yesterday. I think I also join so many who listened to and shared stories of “where I was when” throughout the past week, weekend and yesterday.
I was with my brother in the middle of Milan. We’d been travelling in Europe and had just over a week to go. Although tensions soared and (let’s face it) exploded at times as we frantically tried to get in touch with our parents who had no idea where in Italy we were and made our way to Rome and eventually to family in London, I was and am grateful to have been there and shared in that experience with him.
It may be a far stretch, but in the midst of my gratitude for having had his companionship during that trip and during that time, I got to thinking about his recent wedding. It too, was a time I was grateful for him. He married an amazing woman and together they had a sweet, personal and meaningful wedding.
I was honored to simply “be a bridesmaid” and enjoy not mixing work and play. But, in true form, still had to butt my nose in and do a bit of organizing. Rather than focus on the wedding, I turned my attention to what is quickly becoming the traditional Hagen Family Dance.
At our wedding last October, my family broke out in a surprise Boot Scootin’ Boogie. They had all learned it earlier in the weekend and brought hats and bandanas for full effect. It was great fun; a performance that needed an encore!
I rounded up 3 of my younger, hipper cousins to help me come up with a new dance. Considering that Alex and Blayne’s wedding was actually in the country, a country line dance was too expected. After much searching, we found The Wobble and put it to Will Smith’s famous, or infamous, Gettin’ Jiggy With It.
My family may forever hold this against me, but in the spirit of a laugh, the kind that always feels good after tears, I have to share the practice and performance videos. I can do this, you see, because I’m not identifiable in either!
Unfortunately, they’re both locked–probably to limit me from sharing them–so you’ll need to click on these links. Enjoy! May they bring a smile to your face today…even if it’s at our expense!