This past December, Sister danced in the local performance of the Nutcracker. The ballet school she attends, puts the performance on every year to sold out shows in two different cities (smallish size). We had a total of 2 dress rehearsals and 4 shows. By the time we finished with the last performance, I was wiped out--Sister was riding on an adrenaline high so she didn't feel fatigue until two days later.
It is a local production put on by mostly teenaged girls on pointe shoes with many younger girls in supporting roles. The really young ones only have one dance each, but it was very cute.
Please ignore the pine needles on the floor--housekeeping was not priority during this time. ;)
Sister is still learning the art of smiling through the performance. She was adamant that she was smiling throughout the whole dance, but when she saw the video, she realized she wasn't.
They needed a filler dance for a costume change so four of the angels were picked to perform a short little dance. Sister is the angel on the right. They had two weeks to learn the dance and did very, very well. The teachers loves this class because they are so talented! All I can think is, "Of course!" I'm not biased, not one bit.
The proud papa. This was the first time Ben was able to see Sister dance in the 2 1/2 years she's been in ballet. Can you tell he was proud?
Yesterday, the deacon was speaking about St. Agnes during our Eucharistic service. He spoke of her devotion and faith to God. It struck me that I was failing miserably. Absolutely miserably. Here was a young girl who couldn't even freely be a Christian yet she was and very devout at that. Here I am a grown woman with the freedoms Agnes couldn't have even imagined and I can't even get a rosary in my day. I know it's a lot about discipline. In the face of all she suffered she was so good.
There are too many people to name for a hat tip--I've seen this all over. Here goes:
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE ? No, my dad looks in a very old book with Chinese characters and finds some that have meaning. He's done this for all my children too.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Usually
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Boar's Head Salsalito Turkey
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yep!
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I hope so.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Oh, yeah!
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? No, but I've been skydiving.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Don't really have one, but I prefer healthier ones.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? No.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Yes
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Coffee
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Eyes.
15. RED OR PINK? Bright red or pale pink--Love them both.
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF? I'm a procrastinator!
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My friend, Dave.
18. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Black pants. No shoes--we don't wear shoes in the house.
19. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? I snitched a late night chicken nugget from dinner.
20. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The golden silence of my children sleeping
21. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Indigo
22. FAVORITE SMELLS? Coffee
23. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My mom.
24. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? College basketball. March Madness is my favorite time of year.
25. HAIR COLOR? Black
26. EYE COLOR? Brown
27. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Nope--glasses
28. FAVORITE FOOD? Korean
29. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy Endings.
30. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Persuasion on PBS
31. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? White.
32. SUMMER OR WINTER? Actually, I prefer spring.
33. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs
34. FAVORITE DESSERT? Molten chocolate cake
35. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Too many to list.
36. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Collage of monuments in DC
37. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST NIGHT? I watched a Korean video
38. FAVORITE SOUNDS? Thunderstorms
39. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Neither
40. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Korea
41. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Hmmm....
42. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Seoul, South Korea
In the waiting room of the therapy clinic, I saw one little girl clutching a doll made by this company. They make dolls with pictures of deployed dads and you can even add a voice message. The message was sweet--the little girl let me hear it. It brought tears to my eyes. She really loved the doll and was clutching it to her the whole time. Her daddy must've just left.
I'll have to remember it for the next time Ben deploys. I know all the girls and even Brother will have need of one.
In this military town, we've had soldiers deployed and soldiers returning these past couple of months. It's been hard for those deploying during this Christmas season--most left before Christmas. Christmas was hard for those who had deployed soldiers at the tail end of their deployment too because many returned after Christmas, but they did have the consolation that the end of the tour was near.
Here's what I've seen and heard:
It is wonderful to see all these dads home (I say dads because I don't know any deployed moms). Their children are happy, the moms are relieved (and very, very happy).
Welcome home, soldiers! May your transition be smooth.
|You Are a Realist|
You never try to make a bad situation seem better than it is...
But you also never sabotage any good things you have going on.
You are brutally honest in your assessments of situations - and this always seems to help you cope.