Sunday, April 14, 2013

Just So Proud!

Cabin Fever: a condition in which a person feels unhappy or bored because of spending too much time in the house, esp. in winter. Yup. I'd say that pretty much describes just about anybody you talk to who is still looking at snow on the ground with frigid temps, including me. I had to laugh earlier in the week when a friend wrote on her Facebook wall about her 3 year old daughter waking up and being enthused that it was snowing outside. Someday she too will succumb to the fever.

My daughter loves to dance. It's something she works hard at but it's also something that comes naturally to her. I never tire of watching her dance. A few years ago we thought that we'd enjoyed her last public performance after her spring recital when she left her dance studio behind for college and a change of cities. We were wrong and we couldn't be happier about it.

She's been part of UMR's Ballroom dance team since arriving in Rochester, co-captaining it for two of those years. She's also found a new studio to call home as she continues to explore Ballroom dance.

She was asked to be one of the premier dancers for this years Dancing for the Arts in the city of Rochester, pairing up with one of the city's more notable persons to compete against 9 other couples. She was excited to tell us about the request a few months ago hoping we could attend the event. Fortunately, we both could. Rubbing shoulders with this crowd meant that we'd have to leave our jeans behind but that's ok. I survived.

I was so glad that Tammy could be there for this night because too often her work schedule gets in the way.

The entire show was entertaining and the dinner wasn't bad, either. We watched as her partner, Ed Hruska, a City Councilman and Executive Director of the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission led her around from table to table introducing her to many of those in attendance, schmoozing the crowd before the competition, hoping to get their votes and take home the top honors of the night.

They weren't due to dance until deep into the program. I got a text from her not long before they took the stage: "Woo! Gettin nervous!" I leaned over and showed Tammy. She assured me that she thrives in this environment. I knew that but I offered up a small prayer anyway. No doubt Tammy did too.

Camera recording? Check.

I can't appreciate her dance skills the way I'd like to while I'm videoing her because my focus is on the small viewing screen of my camera. Still, I snuck a couple of quick looks, enough to tell me that she was really working it out there. Her facial expressions, her body language, her confidence. I actually got a shiver up my spine early on as she took command of the stage knowing every eye was on her. I thought how fortunate and blessed I am to be a part of her life. Just so proud! I wouldn't trade it for the world!

We spoke with them afterward and Ed commented that he'd never before seen the look in her eyes that she displayed while she was onstage. He knew she meant business. I don't think we could've been more proud of her...and Ed did a nice job too.

On the drive home, we talked about the poise she has and what a blessing she is in our lives and how excited we are for her as we watch her life unfold. I mentioned to Tammy how grateful I am to have been along for the ride and to be a part of both her and Rachel's lives but with just one regret...that being that we didn't find each other sooner.

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