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Mary, I'm excited for you! I'll bet you have a fabulous time and it will be extra fun of course to have your cousins along. I wish I was going with you too!
I was a very good athlete in high school (won awards and was captain of a few teams) and had the distinction of being the only person ever to be in 7th grade and on a varsity team (softball), but you were competing on a whole different level...which makes me admire you. I've always admired athletes, talented singers, inventors, human rights activists, and scientists.
It didn't seem like 16 years, it went fast. Year after year just flew by, but I stayed around a long time to outlast the competition. If I couldn't beat 'em, I waited till they retired then moved up into their spot and finally one year won the 7-state region in World Class Ladies Singles. Those gals on the National level just kept skating and getting better and better and the ones moving up were so good, so I was never higher than 16th at Nationals, but it was always a thrill.
I'm excited because Page and Leigh, my two cousins are coming in tonight. This will be the first cruise for both of them. They're both kind of homeboys, but are coming out a bit more now that they're in their 50's, and Page is retired so he's free to come and go. He has a lake house he spends tons of time at, way out in Tennessee country land!
Mary, 16 years is such a long time to be competing! I can't imagine competing for that long a period of time. You must have been in wonderful condition.
I can imagine that it would be a lot more fun to teach beginners.
I imagine that you're getting more and more excited about the cruise now. :-)
Wendy, I competed for 16 years, then taught for 10 more. I love teaching beginners best, they get so excited when they learn to do new things. I skated dance a bit, for five years, but mostly skated figure skating - jumps, spins, footwork. I love interpreting music and still remember all my old routines.
Gail is doing better today but her cats are giving her fits so she's not getting much rest (cat barfs on blanket and guess who has to go wash it instead of resting?).
Thank you, Mandy. I think so too. :-)
Mary, I hope you have a marvelous time. I'll miss you if you don't have access to a computer. I didn't know that you taught skating but I'm assuming it was after you were finished competing with others for championships. The steps for all the Flower Dances would be different from the skating dances so you have no excuse for not making the booklet. LOL
We leave Saturday morning for the cruise. My cousins will arrive Thursday night. Can't wait! Now, if I wrote dance steps while on a cruise, every time I looked out at the ocean they would go haywire! LOL Besides, remembering them is a trick. All dancers and skaters learn to do it, but when I taught skating I would play routine music after routine music, skating to it to make the routine for them. Then it would come their lesson time and I'd make up something else! Somehow after I didn't have to remember every step in order I decided to be creative every time I heard their music! It was up to them to remember it, after all, I had to and those are long routines!
This is so pretty and delicate, thanks Wendy.
I agree, Katie. And I'm going to send Ardy to Colors School where she will learn to appreciate pink and orange together. I'm even going to pay for the course. On a side note, I posted your puzzle. :-)
I love pink and orange together too. There are so many colors you can always please someone!
Ardy, I'm starting to think it's your fault that I've been posting more flowers with pink in them. I think subconsciously I've been adding pink and TRYING to avoid orange because of a comment you made awhile back. But what I realized is that so many of my flowers have pink and orange...and unlike you, I love the combination of the colors.
Mary, I am thoroughly confused. When are you going on your cruise? And you can't be reading books. You're supposed to be working on (writing) your Dance Step book.
Oh, the Tuesday Flower Dance! Much livelier than Monday's and still such a combination of excitement over the cruise with my two wonderful cousins and the dread of a week with no Jigidi. A difficult dance, indeed! I'm sure I'll read AT LEAST a book a day! LOL 4:31 Thanks, Wendy!
Lovely flower, Wendy. I like the little creatures that are peeking out near the middle. Interesting stylized fleur-de-lis around the outer edge. Thank you for this dainty one.
Katie, I don't really know Jiggybelle at all, so it would have to be for you. :-)
:-) Jiggybelle Jan loves orange too. I know there's someone else that revealed themself as a member of the OFC, but I can't remember who it is.
Thank you so much, Katie and a Great Good Morning to you! :-)
I'm going to make a group of orange flowers for you soon. Another smile is in order. :-)
Hi Wendy, this is a superb flower! I really, really love the colors and design of this one.