Florida Grande has a Happy Hour every Friday night with a potluck on the first Friday of the month. If your name starts with the letters A-F, you bring a main dish. If you are the middle of the alphabet, you bring a side dish or salad. If you are the end third of the alphabet, you bring dessert. They rotate the responsibilities each month. It seems to work really well! We had entertainment last night, and that just added to the fun.
What was really cool, was there was a much older lady, in her eighties, just beautiful with snow white hair in a stylish pretty black outfit. She came with her elderly husband and daughter. We were told they have been married for 65 years! After about an hour, the husband went home, and his wife stayed on to listen to the music. She was a beautiful, classy lady, all dressed up for the occasion, unlike a lot of us who are permanently casually dressed, because 1) it's Florida, and 2) we're retired and full timing! She had a cane to help her walk, and she was wiggling it in time to the music. You could tell she really liked music. One of the gentlemen at the dance came over to ask her to dance a slow one, and she was thrilled.
After about another hour, some of the old dancing favorites were being played, ones that you know, you just have to get up and dance to. Lo, and behold, it was "Mony, Mony" that got her up and on the dance floor by herself! To the cheers of the crowd, she got up an shook her booty right along with the rest of us to "Mony, Mony"! She really danced up a storm the best she could! It was wonderful to see! And everybody gave her a big round of applause as she walked off the dance floor. THAT'S what I hope to be able to do when I'm eighty.
My mom danced well into her eighties and she liked a good funky beat just as much as the younger crowd does. There were many times my mom would want to stay out dancing with my sister and her husband till after midnight! The lady we saw last night reminded me a great deal of my mom. She even had the same hairstyle. It was just really heartwarming to see someone much older still able to get out and move darn well on the dance floor! We really enjoyed ourselves last night at Florida Grande.