Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: My Dancing Queen

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    Rebecca & Leslie dancing as little girls.

     

    You are the Dancing Queen, young and sweet, only seventeen

    Dancing Queen, feel the beat from the tambourine

    You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life

    See that girl, watch that scene, digging the Dancing Queen

    ABBA – Dancing Queen

     

    Leslie’s bouncy hair and batting eyelashes have always seemed to move as fast as her twirling bare toes. She’s been dancing since she was a little girl. She’s full of life, has a dazzling smile, and beautiful sparkling eyes.

     

    Yesterday my little “Dancing Queen” turned 18.

     

    The magical age of adulthood.

     

    Leslie is now old enough to open a bank account, give blood, legally enter into a contract, and serve on a jury. She can buy a car on her own. She’s always wanted to skydive; now she can.

     

    She’s can now vote in her first election. Next week she’ll go with Elisa and me to the caucuses meetings.

     

    She can also join the military on her own. So far in our family, we have the Army, Marines and Air Force military branches covered. Navy and Coast Guard are wide open Leslie!

     

    Yes, Leslie is now an adult.

    But she’s doing her dandiest to still be our little girl!

     

    Leslie dancing in 2012.

     

    Leslie has always been the baby girl, and not just because she’s the youngest. She sees life through wide-eyed excitement, for even the simplest things. She still loves her stuffed animals, particularly her stuffy elephant named Fluffy who she un-stuffs every night to become her pillow.

     

    Every May she celebrates her “Buddyversary” with her best friend Emily.

     

    Her childlike love for life has not been tempered by the teenage years. Leslie thrives with unabashed excitement despite the stress of homework, no sleep, and the occasional sisterly “expression of affection” that sounds more like a skirmish to dad than a harmonious accord.

     

    Growing up is not always fun. Important decisions are now more up to her – college, money, bills, boys, etc. Still, through it all I sense she’ll never outgrow her childlike enthusiasm.

     

    Leslie dancing in 2014.

     

    Leslie loves to dance. Sometimes she dances with her daddy in parking lots, stores, and other unimaginable places. Saturday, on her last day of being seventeen, she danced all day at a dance competition. She danced when she got home…

     

    Then right at midnight, as the Dancing Queen turned 18, she and her best friend Emily danced in the street.

     

    Happy birthday my Dancing Queen! I’ll always love you!

     

    Have a great Monday! Thanks for letting me share.

     

    Les Patterson

     

    P.S. Take 13 minutes today to enjoying dancing… even if it’s just watching someone else dance!

     

    Les Patterson loves to share stories and the “Monday Morning Boost” is his way of sharing a story or two with family, friends, and clients. Les believes every person, business and organization has a story worth sharing. Since 1997 he has enjoyed finding compelling ways to share those stories through writing and producing radio commercials at the Cache Valley Media Group. Discover how he can help tell your story at www.CacheValleyMediaGroup.com. Feedback and comments are welcome at les@cvradio.com. ©2016, Les Patterson. All Rights Reserved. To UNSUBSCRIBE, reply to this email with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line and your email will be removed.