Possibly the best thing I did this holiday was to remove the winter cover from the trampoline in the garden, and put the safety net back up. With the lovely weather we’ve had, plus the sheer delight at being reunited with an activity she’s missed all winter, the geekdaughter has been out in the garden every chance she’s had. For a girl who typically doesn’t stick at anything for more than 5 or 10 minutes it’s refreshing to find something that will hold her attention for much longer than that!
It’s clear that movement and dance are things she really enjoys. She’s now doing two dance classes per week – her ballet (which she’s been doing for a year and a half now) and an after school dance class which is more focused on street dance and simply building the kids’ confidence. At home she dances any time any music comes on the television. I’ve put a selection of her favourite songs onto her iPad and she can often be found dancing and singing along, usually in the kitchen. Current favourites are the Frozen and High School Musical soundtracks.
Over the Easter holidays she’s been taking the iPad outside, and playing her music whilst she’s been on the trampoline. Thankfully we have tolerant neighbours! She has announced that she’s going to join the circus when she’s older, and so she’s busy practising her act. She’s perfected the art of skipping with her hoop, and has also managed to teach herself a complicated move when she does a forward roll holding a football.
I vaguely remember having my own romantic ideas of joining the circus when I was a kid, although I never got as far as perfecting my act. Good on her I say!