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The Dance Connection


Adeline looking like a movie star @ Wildwood Crest Beach, NJ

Vacationing without my entire clan of children is not something I look forward to doing. Time is moving so fast and spending any minute I can with them right now is my priority. However, because everyone is getting older, commitments are interfering with the flexibility I once had with them. Long gone are the days of one child having an event and the rest of them being able to tag along. Jobs, college, sports, etc., are just a few of the conflicts that have interrupted the old flow of things. Nevertheless, change is inevitable and although I find myself trying to resist it, when I finally do accept it, things are normally better than what I expect.



This summer my daughter's dance studio was invited to go to Wildwood, New Jersey for dance nationals. And even though the thought of going without all of my kids kind of dampened my full excitement to watch her dance, it is a lovely place and beautiful beach that I don't mind sticking my toes in!

(as an aside; I'm sure my older kids felt the opposite and were excited about me going and not nagging them to make their beds and get up before noon! But, for my own well being and in this post, I'm letting myself believe they were equally sad.)



Who looks that adorable washing up on shore? Certainly not me!

The days in Wildwood were gorgeous and the company was great. Dancing was only part of the fun, and while my daughter shared giggles with her friends at the beach and on rides, I enjoyed conversations with the other moms. I didn't realize until I got in the car and chatted with my good friend for the 6 hours it took us to get there, (yeah, that's right, we talked for 6 HOURS straight!) that my daughter and I equally needed this time away together.






Sometimes I forget because of the age difference between Addy and her older siblings that she doesn't get the continuous interaction with them anymore that she loves. But, having the two of us branch off together was a gift and taking a break from my daily mom routine of four and just focus on one was a nice change. And had I resisted that change, she and I wouldn't have made the "dance connection" that we both craved.



As I've gotten older, I now wear bathing suits that give the illusion I still have a waist...

change + willingness = happiness


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adebrucque
adebrucque
2018年8月03日

We seem to never run out of things to say Nicolle!

いいね!

I loved going the past few years with you! I loved watching these girls do what they love. I found a new respect for what the do. The courage and dedication it takes is very admirable. It was a special trip for me as I got to watch my friend with her youngest, the struggle to give her wings to fly without holding on to tight was something I was able to learn from. 12 hours of conversation!!

いいね!

adebrucque
adebrucque
2018年8月03日

It is nice Jen, to be able to have a conversation with just one child and not be interrupted by three others!

いいね!

Jennifer G Pouliot
Jennifer G Pouliot
2018年8月02日

I love this Dance Connection post. I too took my youngest, still in a stroller and my oldest on a walk the other night. We were actually able to talk and we both needed a break from the norm.

いいね!
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