Friday, March 9, 2012

My Weekend Gig, & Contemplation

Well, I'm a Dance Mom....the good kind!  Our team won a spirit award for good sportsmanship last month, so I speak with credibility, lol!  (I also know that the reality tv Dance Moms are super nice, IRL!)

This is my little girl--um, my taller-than-me girl--in mid leap, this past weekend.  She is, in my eyes, amazing.

Eight years ago, she was a kindergartner.  With bows in her hair and a backpack that looked like a turtle shell, she hopped into school.  Never would I have guessed how quickly these years would pass.  Now that our oldest is finishing his freshman year of college, I know that her high school years will fly by in a blink.  

Children who will enter kindergarten in 2016, when she will leave for college, are celebrating their first birthdays.  The children I teach now were born when my daughter danced competitively for the first time.  The dreams that we -parents- have for our babies are universal, unchanging.  Bottom line?  We want our children's teachers to see what we see--adorable, quirky, busy, funny, happy, strong, inquisitive, amazing human beings.  We want the person who will spend almost more hours with our children per week than we will to, dare I say it, love them.  

Today, I looked at my students and caught glimpses of the round-faced toddlers they were and the defined adults they will become.  I am caught in the in-between with them, in this magical place called kindergarten.  I can catch them up in swinging hugs on the playground, rock the weepers when necessary, and also expect them to add or subtract like pros.  With just 42 days left, I pray that I will not forget that my presence in their lives is a privilege.

Time is short, friends.  Can you see it flying by in my daughter's dance?  Let's give the little ones our best while they are in our hands. 


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  2. BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER!! Love that leap!!!
    This is very inspiring - love this post!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  3. She's gorgeous... and what a photo! Wow!
    Time does fly... doesn't it?
    Dragonflies in First

  4. Oh my goodness! What a beautiful photo of a beautiful dancer!!!

  5. ;'( You got me in this post...why does time have to fly by so quickly??? My baby boys are big boys now-good thing we have one more on the way-maybe I can keep this one a baby;) Your daughter is absolutely beautiful!!! And what an awesome pic! You must be such a proud mama!
    Little Warriors

  6. Your daughter is beautiful and obviously very talented. Wow, that contemplation was powerful! Thanks for making me think and reflect.

    2B Honey Bunch
    The Best Endings

  7. Beautiful post and your daughter is amazing!!

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  8. I loved reading this post about your daughter!

  9. Amazing picture. I know you are proud!


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