Thursday, May 26, 2011

Scrapping plans for the right reasons

Our plans to take a year sabbatical from dance ended on the way home from the last recital.

The Mister asked Hatfield if she had fun, and our girl burst into tears. Huge, sobbing tears.

Hattie is a calm, steady child. She rarely gets ruffled and she's pretty easy going about plans and activities. When she bursts into tears, we know that it's more than likely something serious.

I think we all--even Hatfield---failed to grasp just how important dance is in our day-to-day life.

Especially as a home school student, dance gives Hatfield about 10 hours each week, plus travel tournaments and recitals, to hang out with a great group of girls. These girls have summer pool parties, arrange for holiday events, and just hang out together all the time. They take dance seriously and work hard together as a team.

Looking at all the fun they were having, and watching my daughter on-stage and seeing how confident, poised and athletic she is, I know that we made the right decision.

And each time next year when I'm ready to cry because I have to go out late at night, in another snowstorm, to haul kids home from dance, I'm going to re-read this post to remind me of that :)


bbbunch said...

I'm so happy to hear that...and I love that you are such a great Mama to change your decision based on how Hattie feels. It may have felt different when it was hypothetical, but now faced with not having that group of girls/activity in her life for a year really hit her. I respect you for adjusting based on here and now, and not hypothetical :)


J. said...

It is great that you are doing this for her even though it means making things tough for you - she will one day thank you, I'm sure of it.

Anonymous said...

Did we mention that the kids all were asked to compete on teams that required higher technical skill and dedication? It's like a promotion from one team to another! We will now have three kids traveling, competing, and making wonderful memories.

In the near future, we'll eventually have five, three in dance, one or two in football, etc. We may not be spending much time vegging in front of the tv anymore!!!

-Mr. Couch Potato