Monday, June 9, 2008

Our Dancing Princess, Hula Style

Dear Elizabeth,

We are so proud of you! I know you were a little afraid yesterday when I dropped you off for your dance recital, and had "a little bit stage fright" as you put it. You looked so beautiful in your costume and stage make-up (A little too much so - note to Geoff and Diddy - clean the guns now ... adolescence will get here before we are ready!).

Momma, Diddy, Aunt Runelle, Daddy, Cub and I waited patiently as the recital progressed for your number... and I cried as you bravely danced your way on stage with the class. I knew you had a bit of "stage fright", but no one else would have ever known - you were right in step, in time with the music and tapped your little heart out. Your smile was as big as the sun, and my heart swelled as the music came to an end and yall waved as you left the stage.

I was still crying then too, and not because I was sad, Boo Boo. I was overwhelmed with pride and joy. I was proud of you for taking on something you were a little uncertain of, like dancing on a big stage in front of hundreds of people, and doing such a excellent job. I was joyful because you like to dance, and it makes you happy. (And, coming from a Mommy who danced my way from childhood to adulthood, it does a heart good...)

Now, this picture of you and your Daddy makes my heart swell too - another Daddy's Girl in the making. Be proud of that, sweetheart... be very proud.

So, to sum it up, I want you to know that your family loves you. We will be there for you through it all. God made you special, and we are lucky he gave us you to love and watch grow... very lucky!

Now, about the make - up....

Dearest Cub,

I just wanted to tell you that I was also very impressed with you yesterday too... you sat most patiently in Momma's lap for Sissy's group to come on stage and dance. Your sweet enthusiasm for your sister's dance was touching, and affirms my secret knowledge that yall really do love one another. By forgoing your afternoon nap, and being so good I am most impressed... we love you very much, and know God has big things in store for you.

I love you both, to "infinity and beyond"... Mommy


tootie said...

This was so sweet. I remember my dance recitals as a kid - those are big milestones! Glad you could all celebrate together! :)

Reynie said...

That pix of her and geoff is very sweet! she looks 16 already! how does that happen so fast?