|A star is born in Maryland|
|Sunday, July 28, 2013 12:00 AM|
Friday was the usual during the week Jay is in Ocean City, Md. Work, work, work. Get everything done. Then watch Lotus dance on the live feed.
Jay has been raving about her all week. He said she’s been doing phenomenal. Well, Friday proved that in spades. Our little Lotus Leaf was named “Future Star” of the whole competition. She will have her picture in the Star Power magazine and it’s a huge award on a personal level. She was told she is awesome!
We all know that. We don’t need to be told.
When I first met my niece, she was just a few months old. Her mom came home to Lima from Alexandria, Va., so we could all meet the newest addition to the family. Jay and I were in awe. She was perfection. We would watch her for hours, marveling at her facial expression just sure a great mind was behind that thoughtful look when she was probably just filling her diaper. It didn’t matter; to us she was all that and a side of fries.
As she grew, we would receive pictures in the mail and gush over how big she was getting and how much she looked like my husband — just with long hair and a few front teeth missing.
Then we started getting dance pictures. There she would be in some impossible pose that made my back ache. Jay would say, “I taught her that,” and laugh.
She likes to fish and swim and of course, dance. But to her, it’s just something she does and does really well. She takes the trophies and fuss in stride, the same as she does classes and her grueling schedule.
She sprained her ankle on Monday and I was concerned. She fell during a performance but in true Lotus style, she got up, finished and still got five of five stars.
She worked through the ankle all week and when I saw her in her first dance Friday, she took my breath away. I can’t describe the feeling I get watching her. I’m sure you dance moms out there know exactly what I’m talking about.
She was dancing and it was unlike anything I had ever seen. My throat tightened and tears welled up in my eyes. She was awesome! I had to take a few moments to compose myself.
I’m sure a trophy or two and perhaps a plaque will come home with “Prop Uncle” Jay. We have quite the collection now.
I plan to talk to Lotus today and let her know how proud I am of her and that I saw her dance and it moved me. She’ll say thanks and then shrug it off, say something silly and laugh.
That’s our Lotus. She’s awesome that way.