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COLUMN: Let's bring our families together for a winter dance

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By Brooke Tindall

A couple weekends ago I was asked for my opinion on an idea one by one of my church members.

The idea was to have a family dance around this winter, which my mom and I think is a great idea for a variety of reasons.

There isn’t a lot to do during the winter besides sit at home because it’s cold and few sports seasons are in play.

The dance would be inside, where it would be warm, and we could have fun socializing and dancing.

Who doesn’t love a few hours of that?

Families are usually out and about and spending a little time together, which brings me to my next point.

Lately it seems families are together less — it’s usually run around and do this and that. We all love our families but school, work, clubs and sports often get in the way.

Of course we cheer each other on and love watching a family member get a home run or score the touchdown, but it’s not the same.

A family dance could bring everyone together for a couple hours. We could have fun, meet new people in our community and see friends. It wouldn’t have to be anything huge, just something to get everyone out for a while to doing something fun.

It might not sound like a great idea to you, but it could be if you think about it. It doesn’t have to be a “stay with your family thing.”

But knowing that you all came together for something, learned a little about what you like to do and showed each other some of our culture is what makes it a family dance. Parents still chaperone dances sometimes, so it’s really no different than that.

I’ve always been told families that spend time together are stronger. Learning and doing things makes families stronger, and knowing you can lean on one another no matter what is comforting.

Game nights and eating dinner together can accomplish that, too.

Now to bigger questions: where could we have it and how could we get the money, if needed, to fund it?

I thought about that a lot, including using the Eagle Lake Pavilion, but I know that costs money. So I thought maybe a fundraiser could work, but that doesn’t always cover the complete cost.

I also considered that selling tickets for a reasonable amount could cover the rest. Those are just thoughts, though, so in the meantime let’s just think about it. Then, if enough agree, maybe it’ll happen.

God bless.

Brooke Tindall is a teen columnist for The Anderson News. She is a freshman at Anderson County High School and can be reached at btindall95@gmail.com.