My girl, she dances

I've spent the last half hour (I have a one hour "mama's writing time" after lunch) trying to craft the words to this post, but the words just aren't coming.

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So here it is. I took these photos a couple months ago of my daughter at a gala we attended. I've been meaning to post them for some time but just never found the right moment. I was inspired to post them today by the prompt at Shutter Sisters.

My oldest is turning 10 this month. And I think that a day will come, it does for most of us, when she won't dance with such abandon. When she will start to care more about what other people think than about what she thinks for herself.

I hope that period of time in her life will be brief, but I'm not naive enough to think that just because she's homeschooled that day won't come! Although I do pray it won't be as savage as it could be.

But for now she dances. Dances because she feels the rhythm. Dances because she likes the feel of her dress swinging around her legs. Dances because she wants to. I hope she never stops.

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  • Jamie

    Jamie on May 7, 2009, 6:59 p.m.

    Dancing has always been a big part of my family and I'm so grateful for that. My mom and brother are dance instructors and compete in ballroom dancing. My grandparents used to teach dance on cruise trips for the free vacations. And now, when I watch my almost 2yr old nephew wiggle, tap and try to snap his fingers whenever music is playing I am so touched and grin from ear to ear. Dance can make you feel so good when you let the music touch you and move like nobody and everyody is watching.

    Jamie's last blog post... 5 Days Young | Newborn Portraits

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  • Naomi

    Naomi on May 8, 2009, 2:30 a.m.

    She is absolutely beautiful! I remember putting on flowing skirts just to twirl around my house because I loved the feel. It feels so feminine and creative! Of course, I haven't done that for a while... maybe my own daughter's inevitable time of abandon will inspire me.

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  • Toni

    Toni on May 8, 2009, 1:28 p.m.

    Such a wonderful post about your daughter. Oh, to be young and carefree again... =)

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  • kirwin

    kirwin on May 8, 2009, 3:12 p.m.

    She's just beautiful. Her carefree, love for life is beautiful, too.

    I have the same hope for my children, because their own mama has a very hard time "dancing with abandon." I don't want to care what people think. I don't want to, but I do. I'm trying to find ways to break myself out of it, as well as my children...because I fear they are too much like their mama.

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  • Liz

    Liz on May 9, 2009, 3:25 p.m.

    Such a beautiful sentiment for your daughter! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment at my blog today.

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  • shelli

    shelli on May 9, 2009, 11:53 p.m.

    Lovely photos. I hope she will dance like that her whole life, though, like you, I know there's a day we all become self-conscious. But you're giving her a wonderful foundation, so I'm sure it won't hit her like it hits many.

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