Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.
My goodness. For the last three years, we’ve watched the Irish dancers perform at Irish Fest. Kyla has wanted to be “a real Irish girl” since she first saw them. Finally, she is. Irish by blood, in her heart, and now in her feet. If I felt this proud of our little Cashel Dennehy Summer Sampler, I honestly can’t imagine how parents’ hearts burst when they see their child on stage in beautiful dresses & wigs.
This past weekend we were blessed to enjoy three days of Irish Fest instead of our usual two. Friday night Kyla performed twice. Her second performance was on the small Children’s Stage. But her first, main performance was on the, or should I say THE, Miller Lite Stage. Our little daughter was the very first Fischer to ever Irish dance at Irish Fest on the Miller Lite Stage. Kyla didn’t realize what this meant to us and how truly special it really was.
Back stage the air was crackling with excitement and anticipation. I was happy to be a part of it. Wigs, poodles, lipstick, glitter… I loved it all. The older dancers were to help the wee ones with getting on stage as well as actually dancing. I could tell they felt important and special. They most likely remembered being the youngster, and finally they were the helper! Kyla loved the extra attention from them. I was practically invisible to her but actually I was glad. It meant she didn’t need me because she was scared, nervous, or unsure of herself.
Kyla may not have known just how amazing this was, but she did know one thing. She wanted to dance. And dance. And dance some more. Not an ounce of nervousness in her little body. While she is truly looking forward to wearing a wig and a gorgeous competition dress she felt every inch the Irish dancer in her blue Cashel Dennehy t-shirt, black shorts, ghillies and poodles. Her hair needed to be in a ponytail so I added green, orange, and white ribbons. I can honestly say this is the cheapest costume we’ll get away with for the rest of her dance career!
After I collected her from the Miller Lite stage, she sat with us to watch the rest of the dance numbers. As I was walking her to our bleacher, she kept saying, “But Mommy! I want to dance some more!” I told her she would get another chance on another stage when the other performers were finished. Finally we had our second performance. And when she got off stage at that point I heard the SAME request over and over: “But Mommy! I want to dance some more!”
Clearly this child does not suffer from stage fright.
As I said in a previous blog, I don’t know exactly where this will take us. As long as she continues to enjoy Irish dance, we will continue to support her. As for the people who balk at our choice saying, “But it’s so EXPENSIVE.” Well, what activity isn’t? If it’s music you must pay for an instrument and lessons. If it’s a sport you must pay for equipment, and team fees. Any of these choices can involve travel costs. These are the sacrifices we make as parents because we want our children to have quality experiences. We want to teach them a healthy work ethic, how to be a team player, how to have discipline. We want them to become better young people by being dedicated to something important, making their own sacrifices, and learning that losing can be just as important as winning. Those qualities will serve them well the rest of their lives. I don’t think there’s a price tag that can be placed on that.
For now, we are just enjoying this on a purely fun level. Kyla is proud of herself, and her family and friends are proud too. I will never forget seeing her walk out on stage at her first performance. It was a dream come true for Kevin and me.