My girl lit up the stage at her dance recital tonight! She loves to dance. She looks forward to her lessons every Monday. But she especially loves to dance on stage. In front of an audience. Boy does she love an audience. She never gets nervous. NEVER! She gets those nerves of steel from her Daddy, for sure.
I am so proud to be affiliated with such an amazing dance company. Sonia and Kay are such incredible dance instructors and the show was absolutely perfect! They put a lot of work and passion into what they do and it shows!
I am always so moved by watching Jordan and all of my other girls up on that stage. They are growing up so fast. I remember the feeling of having a "dance family" and I am so grateful that my girl gets to experience that too. Its a different experience than school friendships...they are sharing their passion and love of dance with each other...developing their art form...wishing each other luck...encouraging one another and congratulating each other on a job well done. They are learning so much more, in that dance studio every week, than simply how to dance. Sonia and Kay will instill values in them that they will carry for the rest of their lives.
I absolutely love the preparation that goes into the show, and even though I may have huffed a little bit when Jordan let the door close in my face while I was carrying her costumes and dance bag in one hand and my bag, camera, water bottles and every other thing we might need in the other (while all she carried was her pretty little self)...I loved every minute of it. I cherished every moment of it and when I watched the graduating seniors up on stage, I cried. I always do. I cried because I know what it feels like to leave that dance family. I cried because I was so very proud of them and moved by their passion. But most of all, I cried for their families...for their moms. Because someday that will be my girl getting ready to dance into a new chapter of her life, one where I won't be needed as much; one where she will carry her own stuff.
So, for now, I am soaking up every second of her littleness and cherishing every single moment!
P.S. Thank you, Mom, for all your years of "dance service" (13 years to be exact!). You were surely underappreciated ;) I have so many wonderful memories of the two of us during my dancing years and am so very grateful to get to share similar experiences with my own little girl. You are a wonderful mother...and I appreciate all of the times you "carried my stuff".