because when your daughter asks you to dance, you dance

My two daughters are the little sunshines of my world.  No matter what kind of a mood I’m in, they can always cheer me up.  Today had two special moments, and I want to remember them.  Perhaps my girls will read this entry themselves some day, and then they will know how much their wonderful childishness meant to their mom.

This evening while making supper, the girls were in the living room dancing to their favorite CD.  It’s a mix CD from a wedding, full of great songs like “What a Wonderful World,” “Brown-Eyed Girl,” Judy Garland singing “Over the Rainbow,” as well as other songs that you wouldn’t necessarily expect on a wedding mix CD, including “Louie, Louie,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

That last one is one of the girls’ favorite.  When that song came on, Lyd came into the kitchen and asked, “Momma, will you come and dance with me?”  Now, I’m not a big dancer with my girls, and I was in the middle of making supper, so my instinct was to say “No.”  But, I’d also been feeling a bit down all day, and I thought perhaps it might help my mood to dance and be silly.  Plus, my daughter was looking up at me with such hopeful eyes and such a happy expression on her face — what could I possibly answer but “Sure!”

I followed Lyd into the living room, where Curious J was already dancing around.  I took hold of Lyd’s hands, and of course, J came over and demanded to be in on the circle, too.  So, with all three of us holding hands, we danced to “Sweet Home Alabama.” 🙂  We spun, we twirled, we smiled, we laughed.  Both of my daughters have such beautiful, musical laughs.

It was one of those moments where, if I hadn’t done it, I would have remembered it later and regretted it.  I’m glad I danced.


Earlier in the afternoon, as I sorted laundry with the laundry room door open to the outside, my girls found me.  The girls’ ladybug rainboots are kept in the laundry room, and once Curious J put hers on, her big sister had to follow.  With the open door right there and a beautiful day beckoning, it was the perfect time to dance outside.  I had dressed them in matching pants today, and with their boots on, well, I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures:




Oh, if they could only stay this age and this sweet forever.  Curious J not only drank out of her sister’s juice cup today with minimal spilling, she also walked down the stairs.  Oh, my.  They grow up so fast…