Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

He Could Have Danced All Night

Jackie K. Cooper


At my son's wedding a few week's ago, my granddaughter Genna served as flower girl, and what a beautiful flower girl she was! She had a new dress that was just the right combination of little girl and sophisticated child; plus she had Shirley Temple curls put in her beautiful red hair. Was she stunning? You bet!

She took her flower girl duties very seriously, too. When she came down the aisle, she came at a slow pace, and she strewed the petals equally to the right and to the left. And the entire time she kept a splendid smile on her face.

Before the wedding, Genna, who is five, was talking to her younger brother Walker, who is three, about her duties and how important they were to the overall success of the nuptials. She went on and on about it and then added, "You know Walker, you really don't have anything to do in the wedding."

Now she didn't mean to be mean to him. Rather she was just making a statement of fact. But her Nana overheard the conversation and immediately went in to tell Walker he was going to escort her down the aisle. Which meant I stumbled along behind the two of them.

Being Nana's escort also meant Walker had to have, make that HAD TO HAVE, a tuxedo - a Tommy Hilfiger tuxedo. At first I said no way, and then I gave in. And in truth he did look great in it. Walker is the kind of kid who looks great in everything he wears. Clothes just hang on him the right way. I could spend a trillion dollars on clothes and they would just be clothes. But Walker can put on anything from jeans to sweat pants and he looks like a fashion plate.

He looked great at the wedding, but it was at the reception he really came alive. His tuxedo shoes were too tight so he took them off, and then he hit the dance floor. He was a whirling dervish of rhythm and showed some moves we had not seen before. I think Nellie, his nanny, has been letting him watch "Soul Train" because he had some moves that didn't come from the cotillion.

He was one of the first on the dance floor and he was one of the last to leave. He virtually could have danced all night. Oh, if I only had his energy.

Watching Genna and Walker grow up is going to be such a treat. Each day is a new adventure, and each time I see them they have something new to report. I hope they get to have all the enjoyment the world has to offer and in the words of Lee Ann Womack, "I hope they dance!"

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JACKIE K. COOPER was born in South Carolina and now lives in Georgia. He is familiar to people living in the middle Georgia area as the "entertainment man" since his entertainment reviews run in newspapers and are shown on television there. His short stories have been used as commentary on Georgia Public Radio. He also keeps active appearing as an after dinner speaker for various events.

Cooper has lived an exceptionally interesting life and portions of it were contained in his first book Journey of a Gentle Southern Man. The journey continued in Chances and Choices.

Jackie's first two books, Journey of a Gentle Southern Man and Chances and Choices, were reprinted and published by Mercer University Press in July 2004. His third book Halfway Home was published by Mercer University Press in October 2004.

Cooper is currently at work on his fourth book, The Book Binder, which will be published in the fall of 2006.

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