For years, my wife has been asking me to dg dancing with her. I'm a terrible dancer and would never go, not for love nor money. However, last week was my wife birthday,so I decided to surprise her with a one-hour dance lesson. As much as I hate to dance, I did not have the heart to tell her we couldn't go dancing. I didn't want to make her unhappy.
I found a dance studio near the International Center and made an appointment. At first, I didn't want to go. My heart wasn't in it. But it was my wife's birthday and I wanted to do this for her. I'm head over heels in love with her. I was really afraid if I didn't take her dancing after all these years, I would have to kiss my marriage goodbye.
The istructor at the dance studio was very nice and showed us some steps. I was really trying my best to learn the moves. Before long I was dancing my heart out and spinning my wife around the room. The instructor told me I was doing great, but to be honest, I don't think she had the heart to tell me I was the worst dancer she had ever seen. "Take heart," she told me. "You're doing great!"
For one hour, we danced till our heart's content and had a great time. I only stepped on my wife's feet a couple of times. She told me that this was the best birthday of her life an that I have a heart of gold. Even though the dance lesson was a labor of love for me, I had a better time than I thought I would, and would even consider doing it again. Honest. Cross my heart. I'm not just saying that to kiss up to my wife. Dancing is not so bad as I thought it would be. Eat your heart out Fred Astaire!
not for love nor money - something that is impossible to obtain or do
not have the heart to do something - to be unable to do something because you do not want to make someone unhappy
My heart wasn't in it - used to say that someone doesn not really want to do something or does not care about what they are doing
kiss my marriage goodbye - used when you think it is certain that someone will lose their chance of getting or doing something
dancing my heart out - to sing, dance etcc. with all your energy
had the heart to tell me - to be able to do something
Take heart - to feel encouraged or have more hope; to not give up
danced till our heart's content - to do something as much as you want to
heart of gold - someone is good and kind although they may not appear to be
labor of love - something that is hard work, but that you do because you want to very much, or enjoy
Cross my heart - used to say that you promise that you will do something or that waht you are saying is true
kiss up to my wife - to try to please or impress someone in order to get them to do something for you
Eat your heart out - used to tell someone that you are better than them at something