We could have danced all night …. in memory of one of God’s finest Don Keil


The year was 1969 and my soon to be husband had picked me up for a date at my Mom and Dad’s house north of Bates City. He said his sister-in laws’ brother Don was in visiting from Kalamazoo Michigan. Garry had asked him if he would like to join us on our date. Don was a young man around Garry’s age. He was a very gentle, kind, sweet, soft spoken man. They said he was a little academically challenged , however I assure you he was blessed with many more redeeming qualities.

Garry and I picked him up at Larry and Dottie’s house.in Odessa. He walks out the door dressed to the nines, with a nicely ironed buttoned down shirt, and dress pants. And boy did he smell nice. He had the biggest smile plastered on his face I had ever seen. I don’t think that smile left his face the entire night.

We went to a beer joint in Higgensville. It was a very small little dive with one pool table , a jukebox, and a tiny dance floor that couldn’t have held more than two or three couples. Garry immediately started playing pool. Don shot a few games with him, but soon became bored.

We were sitting at a table talking while watching Garry shoot pool, and the occasional couples that ventured onto the dance floor.

The jukebox had country music blaring from its speakers. Don keep staring at the jukebox when suddenly he stood up, made a little bow at the waist and asked if I would like to dance. I hesitated for just a minute. At the time I really wasn’t into country music, and did not know how to dance the two step. I took his hand , and walked to the dance floor. He put one hand around my waist, and held my other hand in his. Don being the perfect gentleman always made sure we were the appropriate distance from each other. He was indeed a wonderful dancer. We danced the night way, until the owners told us it was time to lock up the joint. Don was and to this day the only man that I have allowed take the lead when dancing. Maybe he was the only man I have been with that knew how to dance.

Don has been gone for a long time now. I know this remarkable man is now in heaven with his Mother, Father, several of his siblings, and all the other family and friends who have departed. I can only imagine what it is like for Don in heaven. I can close my eyes and see him bowing down slightly at the waist asking his Mum if she would have this dance. She would stand and take his hand, together they would dance ,gliding so eloquently across heavens floor. Don has the look of peaceful pleasure on his face. For now he is home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is whole . He is perfect. Just like the Don I met many many years ago. His heart was so pure and filled with happiness for the opportunity to dance with a young lady. He was my prince charming and I his princess if only for one evening. Thank you Jesus for bringing Don into our lives. I was blessed for knowing him even if it was just for a little while. He will remain in my heart forever. Don when we meet again, can I have the next dance with you?

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Terri Sonoda
    Aug 01, 2013 @ 16:53:06

    Oh my, what a beautiful story! Thanks so much for sharing! XOXOs

    Reply

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