Friday, May 11, 2012
Mother's Day Mambo
Their enthusiasm and energy are inexhaustible and make me laugh and smile each and every time. I often wonder how on earth such happy and lively children came from me. My family has often told me that I was a reserved, thoughtful, and serious child. Of course, I had my hyper and excitable moments at times. However, from a young baby, I was often content to simply sit quietly and study the world around me. My late father used to tease me growing up that I was an old lady stuck in a child’s body.
Over the years, I have learned to live it up more and to act like a total goofball to have a good laugh. But truthfully, most of what I’ve learned about the lighter side of life has come from my own children. We have water battles, run races, dress up in funny costumes, and talk to each other in silly voices. It is as though my inner child has finally escaped and now has room to run free!
My children challenge me all the time to break out of my comfort zone and do things completely out of character for my reserved self. For example, my daughter (almost 5) has decided I must dance to celebrate Mother‘s Day this weekend. She explained to me yesterday that I am, quote, “the best mommy ever so [I] need to dance!”
I told her I don’t really know how to dance, but she immediately insisted that everyone knows how to dance. I only have to listen to the music and move. My own dance will just happen. She also added that I have to do my Mother’s Day dance with her and in front of others. (What’s the use of dancing if not to share it with others?)
The thought of dancing with other people in the room mortifies me! In fact, besides a little swaying to the music, I haven’t attempted to dance in over a decade. Yet, my little princess is set on having our little mother/daughter dance session. And who am I to disprove her Best-Mommy-Ever title? So, here goes nothing . . . wish me luck because this mama is off to find her inner rhythm this weekend!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, grandmas, wives, and special women out there!