This past week, I signed up for two half marathons in the coming year and a 62-mile bike ride for charity.
Crazy? No, just looking for things I know I can do with a moderate degree of success. The reason: I am finding the challenge of Dancing Like the Stars to be much more formidable than I had anticipated it would be.
When I watch my 13-year-old and her friends on stage almost every weekend competing in dance events, I am consistently amazed at how effortless they look as they step in perfect sync with one another to the music.
I asked my daughter how she remembers all those steps? How can you memorize that complicated choreography? It’s something my old and crowded brain is having trouble holding onto.
“I don’t, Mom. I just know the steps. I follow the music. I don’t have to think about it anymore.”
I wish I were at that stage, but I know there’s a very good chance I will never be there, certainly not by the Southern Women’s Show on April 22. Freestyle dancing? No problem. But ask me to put my right foot forward and turn left, I will inevitably do the exact opposite. I dance the same way I follow GPS directions — not well.
“You’re going to be fine, Mom. You’ll get it eventually,” my daughter says to me with a half-smile that makes me think she really doesn’t believe it. “I know you will.”
I guess even if I don’t ever really “get it,” I can take comfort in the fact that she is my biggest, and most diplomatic cheerleader. After all, I’ve been waiting in the wings and cheering her on while she danced for so many years. At the same time, I really want to make her proud.
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Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books, including some on motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.