This month my letter goes to both of my girls.
Dear Natalie and Caroline,
This month was recital month. I can't even believe that this year has gone so fast. Recital is the culmination of a year of hard work rehearsing, preparing, learning, costuming and refining. Dad and I are so proud of both of you girls. Such different levels of hard work, but both equally worthy of admiration.
Caroline... Sweet girl. You have grown so much this year. Last year at this time, you didn't even dance. You sat back and watched.. You were taking it in. This year, your first recital. You knew the dance by heart. You did the whole thing in front of that huge audience, under those bright lights. Tears...yes, I'm a mush of emotion watching my baby girl in the very beginning stages of finding that love of dance. I'm so very proud of you and can't wait to see what the future holds for you.
Natalie... Sweet Natalie. This year you have grown so much. Last year at this time, you auditioned for Mini Company. I had no idea where this was going to take you. I had no idea of your natural talent. I had no idea how much passion you had in you for dance. Now, I know. The first competition that we went to this year, I couldn't hold back the tears. I saw it in your eyes and in the way you danced. I knew...you had found your true love. I asked myself, how could a seven year old find something so powerful? But, I knew you had and the tears were tears of joy. I'm so happy for you. I admire you. I admire how hard you work every single day. That you know that hard work helps you get better and there are no limits to your potential. I admire that you enjoy it, all of it. The work, the time, the effort, the sweat. You wouldn't have it any other way. I can't even explain it...it's in your heart. I love watching as dance feeds your soul.
I'm so very proud of both of you girls. How wonderful it is that you share this as sisters!