Let me just start out by saying, we can be an unorthodox family.
No clue why my father felt the need to try on the Little Man's 'boggin, but we're all a little crazy like that.
When we hired the photographer and DJ for our wedding back in 2008, I let them both in on surprise for my dad for which I needed their help. All along I told him we weren’t having a father/daughter dance. Those are always to corny songs, none of which seemed to fit our relationship.
But as soon as Jay and I finished our first dance as a married couple the DJ moved right along in the music.
When Daddy heard Butterfly Kisses start playing you could see the surprise and delight in his eyes. He started crying immediately. I grabbed him and hugged him tight because I knew what was coming and couldn’t control the laughter.
He looked confused at the record scratch then the familiar stoic opening. “He had plastic bags wrapped ‘round his shoes, he was covered in the evening news...”
Everyone told me that I couldn’t play a song about a homeless guy at my wedding. The only problem was that Almost Home by Craig Morgan is our song. My father is a sap who cries at everything. So when the song came out in 2003, he cried every time he heard it.
And being a good daughter, I mocked him every time. Whenever I hear it on the radio, I quickly call him, turn up the radio, and put the phone up to the speaker.
I knew it was the perfect choice for our father-daughter dance.
It was everything I wanted it to be. Touching, memorable. But most of all real. I love my Daddy, but not in a way a sappy "Daddy hung the moon" song can convey.
To honor him this Father's Day, I'm playing the world's most depressing song on my blog. After all, its so much more than a song about a homeless man.
It's our song.