You may remember me telling you about emceeing the Capital Area Humane Society's Fur Ball in April of '08. I took my oldest, Leah, who showed off manners I didn't think she had. She was 7 at the time and I promised my youngest, A.J., she could go this year. Last Saturday night, we went.
Again, I was dumbfounded by my daughter's ability to turn on her manners like a switch. A.J. turned 6 two days before so this was even more impressive. On the way there, I reminded her of a couple things Julie and I have told both our daughters over the years-- when you're introduced, look them in the eye, shake hands firmly and give an audible 'Pleased to meet you.' It's absolutely hysterical to watch an adult stumble and stammer with shock when a Dora-watching 6-year old drops a 'Pleased to meet you' on them.
A.J. met all the dogs, enjoyed a wonderful dinner (including bread as you can see in the photo), listened to the entire program with little minding, and even put in a request with the band. She chatted up a few in the room including big-timer Deb Ginsburg, whom she sat with for awhile, and Dawn Ellis, whose husband, Dave, was also an emcee. She even got hold of Chris Holman's iPhone and seemed to know more about it than he did after 5 minutes.
We finished with the program and just when I thought she'd be begging me to go home, she smiled. Before I could ask her, I heard the band announce this song was for A.J., who promised to dance. So I took my date and we tore it up to "Dancing Queen" and soon the rest of the dance floor was filled.
After two songs and a raffle drawing, we hit the road. It was a lot like the year before, only it was a different daughter telling me she had a great time. All I could think about was how proud I was last time and how proud I was again. We got in the car and I thought I might shed a tear as I let her know what a good job she did with her manners and everything else.
"Was I better than Leah?" she asked as she nodded her head up and down.
And all I could do was laugh as I came back to reality.