Instead, I am taking a bit of liberty with the prompt and writing an open letter to dance, which has been a part of my daughter’s life for a very long time.
After I excitedly announced to 3-year-old Tenley that I had signed her up for Junior Gym at preschool, she announced that she had to take ballet, which was a new option at the school. There was no arguing. She was going to take ballet.
Dance, Tenley’s love has roots as ancient as a dinosaur.
Thanks to you, Tenley is as likely to be listening to “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns on her iPod as she is to “Shake That” by LMFAO.
You have given her role models.
And friends galore.
And the thrill of doing what you love (and moving past animal costumes).
Admittedly, I still struggle with your expense and any requirement that involves altering costumes. But we will keep working it out.
In her dance program ad this year, I used the quote “Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn,” by Sweetpea Tyler. Thank you, dance, for pointing Tenley towards Heaven. May she never lose sight of you.
A grateful mom.
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many. My pronouns are she/her/hers.
Green Goose says
How sweet, what a wonderful lifelong love, and how proud you must be as a Momma! I am glad you took some liberty and wrote this open letter, I love it.
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Zebbie Nix says
My sister-in-law Nancy referred your blog to me as I too have a 15 year old daughter who has danced since the age of 4. She dearly loves it and I volunteer, A LOT, at the dance studio. I couldn't help but notice your dilemma with your son and his video game habit. My 12 year old son has a similar obsession with Xbox. Sigh…… it seems to be a constant bone of contention there. What to do? This year's 3 week summer intensive for my daughter, I hope, is allowing for more quality time with my son to help him understand my opposition to his obsession with gaming, in favor of quality time with Mom!
I can't wait until my little gal is old enough for dance! 🙂
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How fun! I also can't wait until my baby is old enough to dance!
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I cannot wait to see what my passions my son ends up with! I'm sure I will have some that I love and some that I don't love quite as much!
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It must be a wonderful feeling to be able to provide your daughter with the ability to pursue her passion? I'm (sort of) excited for my son to grow up and find his passion, too!
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Seasoned Air Force Spouse says
Well my original post got knocked out. 🙁
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Love seeing your daughter's progression.
Sisters 'N Cloth says
What a sweet post! And a neat writing idea 🙂 It makes me excited about seeing my children grow and develop their talents!
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