Butterfly Kisses, a song by Bob Carlisle, was released in 1997, the same year I became a wedding DJ. I’ve been playing that song for fathers and daughters ever since, and I have always thought the song was incredibly cheesy.
Last night I watched a bride dance with her father to the song. He had chosen the song and had kept his choice a secret until I announced it.
As I stood on the edge of the dance floor, clipboard in hand, waiting to introduce the groom and his mother onto the dance floor, I started listening to the song, paying attention to the lyrics and thinking about my own daughter, Clara.
It was the combination of dust and pollen that generated the tears in my eyes last night, but as I wiped them away, I realized how stupid and wrong I have been for the last sixteen years.
It turns out that Butterfly Kisses is not a cheesy song at all. Not in the slightest.