Friday, November 26, 2010

...let me count the ways...








This little skater makes my heart sing without ever having to set foot on the ice.  She is the most delightful, funny, loving, smart seven year old, and the best thing is - she calls me "Nana".  She looks like a little midget fairy out there on the ice, especially after seeing the other older children in her category perform their routines.  But it would never occur to her to feel intimidated or out of place because of her diminutive stature and younger years.  She is determined to do what she loves doing.  As I watch her perform, I marvel and try to muffle my singing heart so that it does not conflict with her programme music. 

In her brief seven years, she has survived the dissolution of her parent's marriage, the arrival of two new step-parents, a step-brother, a step-sister, her mother's bout with cancer, surgery and recovery - and still she soars - off the ice and on.  Truth be told, she has not been defeated in the least by her life experiences - only enriched and emboldened.  She lights up every room she enters with her effervescence, radiance and energy.  In the above competition she proudly took home the bronze medal, but in my heart every move she makes is golden.






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17 comments:

  1. And she has you to watch over her! Lovely!

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  2. she is beautiful. So lucky you are.

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  3. That is all so beautiful, Bonnie, my heart is stopped with joy. A wonderful radiance in my sub-zero, early winter England afternoon. Thank you.

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  4. Ahh, the magic of another ice loving child! She certainly looks self-confident and I would never guess her age at only 7. Bronze is impressive! I hope you preserve these words for her. Coming from her Nana they will be especially poignant to her one day. Beautifully written post about a beautiful child!

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  5. What a wonderful post and a lovely gift to cherish in your life.

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  6. "Warmth on ice" is the title that occurs to me for these beautiful photos and lovely and loving thoughts.

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  7. A lovely piece, Bonnie. How wonderful to have such a person in your life, and how wonderful for her to have you in her life. A reason for us all to give thanks in this Thanksgiving season.

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  8. Your photos capture her concentration and her poise really well. That's a strong hit of what we call Mudita in Buddhism--sympathetic joy. It's a wonderful feeling! Thanks for sharing it with us. I got a hit, too!

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  9. OH BONNIE- a true blessing for her, for you, for all. She is lovely and so strong and wise too. I am in humble awe. "thank you"

    Love Gail
    peace.....

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  10. well, I'm certainly blessed just hearing this story.
    You honour her spirit well, Bonnie. I imagine you must just beam when she is around. What a glorious testament to living life well.

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  11. She's a doll. So nice to know she thrives as she does. Your pride is so evident.

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  12. Oh how wonderful!! Fabulous pictures and she is gorgeous! So graceful!! Congrats to her on her bronze medal!!
    What a blessing she is in your life!!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  13. What a strong little lady she is, and how beautiful she looks out there twirling on the ice. I know you are proud!

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  14. We should all soar and leap and dance like she does. No wonder you're proud!

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  15. She is a beauty and very talented! Looks like a future Olympian to me! No wonder Nana is so proud!

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  16. This is such a beautiful post and the pictures are wonderful - I can hardly believe she is able to do so much. And isn't it a privilege to see what our grandchildren can achieve?

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