I have been predicting for the past two years that Leah will grow up to be an actress or comedienne. My prediction was evidenced today.
When I picked her up from the babysitter’s house she had that sticky-faced look kids get in the summer. Sticky from sweat, sunscreen, popsicle juice, and just plain being worn out from playing hard all day long. As we were walking into our house Leah announced,
“I am so exhausted I could just fall right over!”
And with a flourish, she did just that, letting her whole body go slack as she fell to the floor. I experienced only the slightest moment’s panic before she looked up at me with a huge grin and said, “See? I told ya!”
Me: Sweetie, could you do me a favor and grab me a napkin please?
Leah: Sure thing mommy! I’ll get right on that!
This kid cracks me up! But I am also so proud of how cheerfully helpful she is. I have never seen anyone who enthusiastically volunteers to “match up each and evewy sock” the way she does. Anything I ask her to do she does with a smile on her face and an “Okay, mommy!”
Leah: Boys have different butts from us.
Leah: And they have different voices. They go like “hey” (in the deepest voice she could muster).
Me: (Cracking up) That’s right.
Leah: And boys stand up to pee, too!
Me: Okay, goodnight Leah!
Yesterday was Leah’s first dance recital. For the 3-year-old classes, they hold the recital right at the studio and it’s only about an hour-long. Leah has been kind of unenthusiastic when I ask her about dance class, but on the other hand, she seems to have a blast once she is there. I had no idea what to expect for both how the recital was run and how my daughter would be.
I have to say, after seeing it I am so incredibly proud of Leah! For a class that young, the main goal is getting them used to a class setting where they are expected to follow directions. She did extremely well at that, but she also did fabulous at the dancing and she showed off her beautiful personality as well. They started out doing some ‘creative movement’ where the kids got scarves and they were told to dance to the music. Leah completely went off in her own direction and was literally dancing laps around the room. Every time she passed us she would either wave, wink, or blow a kiss.
When they moved onto to the choreographed dances I was so impressed with how my girl followed along. It was not perfect, but I could still see that she has learned so much. And her facial expressions are priceless. Some of the songs they were told to sing along with and Leah’s voice could be heard above everyone else’s, including the teacher.
Although it is hard to let your child grow up, it is something that we all must do. I am so full of pride in my daughter’s huge and wonderful personality. I never expected her to get out there and rock it like that, and it’s something that I never would have been able to do. I hope that as she grows she continues to have so much confidence in herself.
Have you ever noticed that from the time a child takes his or her first steps up until they are nearly teenagers their legs are covered in scrapes and bruises? Leah has matching Barbie Band-Aids on each knee right now…
I shared this story on Facebook when it happened, but I have been meaning to share it here as well. Have you ever seen one of those huge shopping carts that look like cars for kids to ride in? Well, Leah HAS to ride in one every time we are grocery shopping, but I, being ever not-so-graceful, am not the best at steering it. I nearly collided with the manager of the store a few weeks ago, but managed to stop just in time. The manager laughed and said “Great reflexes, she is a great driver!”
After that, we kept seeing the manager and every time he would comment on Leah’s driving skills or say that they might be able to get her a license up at the customer service desk. After about the 4th time we saw him, Leah waited until he walked away and then leaned in and whispered,
“Uh, mommy? He knows this is really just a shopping cart…right?”
Leah: Well mommy, you know what they say…
Me: (laughing) What do they say?
Leah: I don’t know! I thought you knew.