October 26, 2021
Dressed in white while twirling her father around in a wheelchair, a daughter looked at her dad, both crying and hopeful that this song wouldn't be their swan song.
Mary Bourne Roberts was born a dancer, and her natural passion led to a career in the very thing she loved. Majoring in dance, the eventual bride-to-be worked at a dance academy as a ballerina and dance teacher.
Mary's pursuit as a dancer may have its roots in the kitchen that she and her dad Jim Roberts used to dance in when she was a little girl. "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack was their favorite tune. They made a pact that one day at her wedding, they would dance to this song together.
DEATH'S CRUEL TIMING
All grown up, Mary eventually had that long-awaited ring on her finger. However, devastating news rocked her world when she found out in 2017 that her father had a rapidly growing brain tumor.
The shattered daughter eventually came home only to find that her father had been moved to a palliative care center. Mary, determined to dance to their Lee Ann Womack song, moved up the wedding in 2018 so she could dance with her father one more time.
BACK TO THE KITCHEN
The video of them dancing together was profoundly touching. The bride swirled her father around in his wheelchair. They smiled broadly while both looked into each other's eyes.
It appeared a though they were transported back to those earlier days dancing in their kitchen, her wedding was just a dream, and the possibility of her father dying seemed infinitely far away.
Surrounded by their loved ones, Jim couldn't hold back his tears mixed with joy and sadness. As their song came to an end, she gently sat on his lap.
They both hugged tightly as he tucked his head on her shoulder, crying for what could be their last dance. Their family and friends clapped as the memorable moment slowly came to an end.
SHARING THE LOVE
The video was shared on YouTube, which had the comment section bawling. An individual going by the name of Torri Saunders on the platform expressed:
"This is the most BEAUTIFUL thing I've ever seen in my entire life."
Speaking about the experience, Jim said that he did his best to hide his emotions during the father-daughter dance. Mary's dad said it was a fantastic memory.
THE LAST DANCE OF LIFE
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Now gone, Mary only has memories of herself and her father swirling together. Perhaps as the song, "I Hope You Dance" goes, Jim's last wish was that she would never give up on a passion so rooted in her family origins.
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