Memories make me cry, when I envision daddy whirling me around the ballroom floor. Not bragging, but one time the other dancers on the pavilion dance floor stepped back to let the two of us 'strut our stuff.' Daddy was wearing a suit and tie, and when he smiled, gold twinkled in his mouth. It really twinkled when we danced.
My kissing cousin was a fabulous polka dancer, too. He and I kicked up our heals to the polka like we were plugged into a light socket. Both of us put our whole heart and soul into our 'cousin dances.' The more he hopped, the higher I'd hop, and the more we'd sweat. Our steps were in perfect sync, and if I faltered, he'd lift me up and I'd land right back in step. He was the love of my life, because he made me feel like a princess in his arms. It was such a shame that my dad and his mother were brother and sister.
So, where did the Polka Dot come from?
In early times it was nearly impossible to put evenly spaced patterns of dots on clothing material without them bleeding into uneven blotches. With the birth of the industrial age came the ability to create dotted fabrics. During the 1850s, dotted fabrics were popular and so was the Polka dance. The theory is that dotted clothing (especially dresses) was worn to the polka dances, and that's how the two became connected.
Don't all of us baby boomers remember Brian Hyland's "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini!"
"The man who dances
has his choice of romances."