This music video has 22 million views on Youtube, and I’m pretty sure, per Harry’s “Happy!” request, at least 6,000 were from us. Yesterday. The kid loves to dance. And in case you need a little happy dance in your life…
If I’m being honest, last week kicked my butt. It was far too busy, and I felt like my whole life was way out of balance. It wasn’t a fun week. So to rectify that, Saturday morning Jon and I ignored all the work we had, left the house a little messier than I like it, and drove over to New Orleans for the day. It felt like a sunny vacation day, and it was exactly what I needed.
This was the first time we had done The French Quarter with Harry and boy is it different with a kid. It’s BUSY man. So we parked ourselves on the edge of Jackson Square eating beignets in the sunshine and Harry learned to dance to the second line street bands. It was one of those moments that are feeling far too rare lately that time stood still and I felt the sunshine on my face and heard my kid laughing and smelled my husbands hair in the breeze and that was it. There wasn’t anything else floating around in the back of my mind. My to do lists were long forgotten, and I was beyond happy.
Some days you just need a little vacation from it all, and when you get it, it’s good.
Do you watch documentaries? I’ll be honest, it’s the only reason we still pay for Netflix. I love a good documentary. I find them to be so interesting and informative, and since I’m not in school anymore, it’s where I do some hard core learning. Even if it’s not about Pythagorean theories. It’s the kind of learning I love.
The latest viewing from my queue was First Position. A documentary about young ballet dancers. Young meaning under 18. The film centers around a handful of dancers from all over the world preparing for one of the largest competitions in ballet – which leads to awards, scholarships to prestigious schools, and jobs in great companies. The preparation is exhausting (and painful) to watch. I fell in love with the 11 year old naval doctor’s son. He was an amazing dancer, and had so much heart. And his sweet little blazers and perfectly combed over hair only added to my affection.
First Position got me thinking… these children work harder than most adults I know. They have a goal, a passion, and they go for it with gusto. They give up so much – eating like a normal child (poptarts and soda), seeing their family (one boy moved from Columbia to NYC to dance, the aforementioned Naval doctor volunteered for a deployment so his family could stay close to a great ballet teacher), time (switching to homeschooling to provide more time for dancing), and so much more. They work so hard to do something they love to do so much. What do I work that hard for?
I love my family with gusto. I love to cuddle and kiss and laugh with them. I could spend all my time hanging out with my boys, and be perfectly happy. But that’s not work. That’s not hard. I’ve been evaluating my passions. And how hard I want to work for those passions. That is what a good documentary does for me. It makes me think. I 100% recommend First Position to every one, from dance lovers to ballet novices.
What’s your favorite documentary? I could use a few more to add to my queue.