Crying can be therapeutic, so consider this story your daily dose of curative goodness. Marty Daniels danced with his wife every day for their 60 years of marriage, and only recently lost her to breast cancer. Filmmaker Michael Lei decided to capture the love they shared together, and the clip that was shared on SoulPancake will warm your heart in the biggest way.
Marty proposed to his wife, Mariah, before he went to fight in the Korean War. Mariah was the one who always got Daniel to dance.
"She pulled me out of my shell," Marty said of his late wife. "Dragged me out to the dance floor and I've been dancing ever since."
The two decided when he left for war that they would dance the viennese waltz together for their first dance. She practiced at home and Marty danced during the few moments of peace and quiet he experienced in wartime. “It was a great source of amusement for the guys,” Marty joked.
He shared the video clip via an iPad and they looked as though they were dancing on air. The practice certainly paid off.
The loving couple made a bucket list of dances that they wanted to perform in exotic destinations, but sadly were not able to complete the list when Mariah got sick. She had a rare form of breast cancer that she beat once, but it came back and claimed her ability to walk. As Marty said, it was painful to watch someone who was once so graceful be wheelchair-bound.
“We had a wonderful life together,” Marty gushed, and that included a “beautiful baby daughter.”
In the spirit of their love, Marty has decided to continue on with their bucket list, which includes dancing the tango in Argentina, the Cha Cha in the Dominican Republic, and the Samba in Rio.
“Life seems to be a series of opening another door when one is closed on you,” Marty said. His wife is still dragging him out onto the dance floor. As he puts it, “It’s never over.”
"We were married for over 60 years and a day didn't go by when we didn't dance together," he revealed in a voice that betrayed his heartache.