Tuesday, September 23, 2008

"Every hour we spent together lives within my heart" -- from a sarah mclachlan song

Winnie is a girl who wants to be able to do certain gymnastics moves and she's willing to put in the work and make it happen. First there was the cartwheel -- which she has not stopped doing since she learned how four or so years ago. Then she had a desire to do a roundoff, then a need to do a front walkover.

This years goal was the back walkover. She had all the lead in skills in place, but just needed that last bit of trust to flip herself back and believe that she would land where she was supposed to (and that her spotter really had her back).

Tonight was the night!

She did it twice!

She looked up to where I was on the windowed observation level -- she beamed and mouthed, "did you see me? I did it!"

"Yes!" -- big thumbs up.

At that very moment -- from the dance class in the next room -- Sarah McLachlin starts singing the Jessie song.

I was glad I was at the end of the row of chairs and that nobody was next to me because first the chin quiver and then the blithering. I was choking back sobs.


What on earth? I almost had to walk out of the room -- it was the perfect sentimental storm.

I would have been fine with a back walkover -- "great!" -- thumbs up, brief moment of pride, and that would have been the end of it. "The Jessie song" kills me anyway, but to have it go off at that moment was like a time machine and I was experiencing two special moments in time, all at once.

Jessie was Winnie's second love (Barbie Rapunzel was the first, but Jessie was a much deeper and more meaningful relationship). The moment I was transported to this evening was a time where I heard a little Winnie singing that song and when I went to peek on her, she was dancing with her Jessie Doll -- complete with loving twirls around the room. I watched the whole thing without being discovered and it was about as precious as watching a kid and favorite toy gets.

My baby is nine and she can do a back walkover.

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Blogger kim said...

Not to knock you from your warm, fuzzy spot, but I almost couldn't write this post because Winnie was pitching a fit most of the time I was typing. Her doll has hair and apparently, Winnie thought she could demand I comb it, "because, I caaaan't -- it keeps getting stuck on a tangle!".

Shut up child, I'm trying to be shmoopy about you!

Don't worry, I didn't actually say it -- you can tell because I didn't use quotes -- see?

...I think it's time I go to bed.

12:41 AM  
Blogger Cecily R said...

Awwww, KIM! Even with your little bit of comment snark you still managed to give me Mommy chills. And to make me a little weepy.

It always amazes me what can send me over the edge. Its always the little things.

And just for the record, you me and Kate have TONS of fun in my head too. :)

1:02 AM  
Blogger Swishy said...

I was all "awwww"-y and then I read your comment ... ha ha ha. Love kids!

1:20 AM  
Blogger kim said...

Cecily -- the little moments are the killers. I remember the first time I was caught out in public (with no kleenex!) -- we went to see a fireman friend in a Christmas parade. Winnie was still a baby and it hit me like a ton of emotional bricks that I had my own family and we were having a normal family moment -- boo hoo hoo hoo hoo, snif.

swishy -- that's kids, just when you are enjoying the music, someone comes along and scratches the needle across the record.
Even with all of the emotional jarrification -- it's the time of my life.

9:52 AM  
Blogger kim said...


9:53 AM  
Blogger kay said...

i saw that pix and started singing the song. love it!! makes me cry every time i see that movie!

i'm super impressed with the skills. can you say gold medal......

6:04 PM  
Blogger TTQ said...

Is it too soon to send pom-pom's? Not that I was a cheerleader (hey I was very busy w/ my older friends and too drunk to walk straight let alone do a cartwheel)

7:25 PM  
Blogger Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

Saw you over on Cecily's site. Thought I'd drop by to check out your blog. Love these pics. And, the name of the post is super creative--drew me right in.

Glad I stopped in for a visit.

7:57 PM  
Blogger kim said...

kay -- no gold, but "impress your friends" for sure

good thing we don't live near enough to watch toy story 2 together -- our kids would fire us for not being able to hold it together.

12:25 AM  
Blogger kim said...

jyl -- I'm glad you stopped by too :o)

12:25 AM  
Blogger KATE said...

Oh that is so sweet!
That song makes me tear up too, and it's just because that was Savannahs VERY favorite movie ever. See, I'm a wreck I don't even have a freaking warm and fuzzy to go along with my Mommy Sobs. Good crap, I've turned to mush. (and not just my ass)
Anyhow, I just read your comment on Cecilys... You're too funny! We WOULD have SO much fun together! Yikes, it could be really bad. I would laugh until I peed, and snorted. Just ask Cecily it's NOT pretty! But it would be SO fun!

12:26 AM  
Blogger kim said...

ttq, have you seen the cheerleaders lately?


It's bad enough what goes on in that gym, now I'm supposed to think about all the flinging each other in the air?

...I'm sure that's next.

12:28 AM  
Blogger kim said...

after kids, you don't even need to laugh all that hard to pee your pants, but the snorting -- now that's rolling along pretty good.
I have no doubt.

hey, we are practically IM-ing here

12:31 AM  
Blogger KATE said...

*I also meant to say Way to go on the back walk over! She's a rock star!!

12:32 AM  
Blogger KATE said...

Yeah we are! we need to get on the IM thing!

12:32 AM  
Blogger kim said...

oh wait, no -- you posted minutes ago -- i'm just here babbling to myself in my own comment section.


12:32 AM  
Blogger kim said...

oh, you are here!

what is my im? I haven't been on in so long -- mother avoidance -- she's not well.

12:34 AM  
Blogger KATE said...

yep I'm here too, we need lives... or sleep...

12:37 AM  
Blogger kim said...

a little bit of both

12:42 AM  
Blogger kim said...

good night

12:43 AM  
Blogger KATE said...

I replied to your email ~ let's chat tomorrow. I'm going to go pound some tylenol pm and hope for the best....
later sista...

12:45 AM  
Blogger wordtryst said...

Awwwww, too! Got me all misty there. They really tug at the heartstrings - when you're not wanting to strangle them, that is.

2:08 PM  

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