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First Position

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.

xoxo, Mallory

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The Business of Being Born


I reinstated our Netflix account so I could watch The Business of Being Born. Have you seen it? Ricki Lake is the Executive Producer. It’s all about home births, midwives, and the overmedication of our laboring mothers in hospitals. A definite must watch for any pregnant woman, or any person thinking of having a baby. Dads too.

I will admit, there are a few notions that are a little hippy for me. I believe we have made medical advances for good. We are able to be much more safe when delivering a baby. But if that is the case, why is the United StatesĀ number 49 on the list of infant mortality rates (lowest to highest)? As high as 1 in 3 births is done by cesarean section in the US now.

Going into the documentary, I already had my stance. When I have my children, I would like to try for a natural birth. No drugs, no surgery. I’ll work with a certified midwife who can communicate my very specific birth plan to the hospital in which I give birth, in case something goes wrong. That being said, I was not overly shocked by any of the information in the film. I was in awe, however, and teared up more than a few times.

Watch it.

xoxo, Mallory

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