I know, you all are probably tired of my Dancing with the Montgomery County Stars post. This is my last, probably, maybe…..
Saturday night when Jim Amidon leaned the mic over to me, my mind went blank. I had just survived dancing in front of 800+ people without falling on my ass, not once but TWICE…. And now they wanted me to talk?! OMG what’s next? I actually had a bunch of thank yous all planned in my head, but I really don’t do crowds. I talk a LOT one on one as anyone who has ever come into contact with me can tell you. But this was asking way too much. So here goes a long winded blog…..
1st of course I can’t thank Memo enough. I was terrified (and I mean heart thumping, hand trembling, freaked the hell out, terrified) of doing this in the first place. He held my hand, encouraged me, shouted dance moves at me, hugged me, he may or may not have watched some tears slide down my cheeks, and made me feel like I could pull it off.
It wasn’t easy for him. First I tell HIM what song I want to dance to and HOW I want to do it. I am sure that is NOT what he had planned when he asked me to partner with him this year. It seems that I am a bit head strong, and he is too. So I got a bit of sadistic pleasure out of seeing who would win. Compromise. I compromised and wore a wig, I compromised and worse a dress, I compromised and wore heals, I compromised and wore more makeup than I ever have, including false eyelashes…. Do you see where this is going?
Yes folks, Memo is always right. With his guidance I was able to twirl, grind and be lifted up into a beautiful swan like pose, all without losing my wig or crying! I still looked like I was killing bugs instead of doing graceful salsa moves, I had a look of terror instead of smiling, but damnit I DID IT! Thank you Memo. Thank you for putting up with my sarcasm. Thank you for pointing out I am a lot like Dori! (the silly fish in Nemo who can’t remember anything and gets distracted easily.) But most of all thank you for making me feel like Baby!
I also want to thank my bestie Dianne Magstadt for sewing the perfect “Baby” dress for me. A lot of hours and fittings went into that. Oh and thank you for fixing my the strap on my dance heels when I decided to put them on with a little too much force Friday morning before the final practice. You truly saved the day! Thank you to those sweet gals up in Indy who helped me pick out my very first wig. I really think I could have rocked the Howard Stern look, but yes this choice was more fitting!
Thank you to my hubby Drew for putting up with me. Never questioning the fact that I was driving to Lafayette repeatedly to practice at Columbia Park. Thank you to the geese at Columbia Park for moving out of the way when I asked, so poor Memo could get by you without being pecked. Your hiss was impressive but "I" knew it was all just for show. Thank you to my kids and and to my family for supporting me. Mandy for laughing like a hyena every time she watched a practice video, Sammy for telling me to breathe and smile, Jon for rooting for me from Florida and Andi for listening to me go from being so excited by the process to talking me down when I had a meltdown about it all.
Thank you to Heidi Gambrel and Brian Bartlett for listening to me whine and bitch at every group practice because I couldn’t remember the moves. It was truly a fun dance and was never your fault that my brain could not absorb all the quick moves. (See mention of my Dori like qualities above) And thank you to all the pros and other dancers for encouraging me and telling me it would be ok, I could pull it off, no I wouldn’t land on my ass, or fall off the stage, or make a complete ass of myself.
And one BIG final thank you. So far this has been all about me. When in reality none of this was ever about me (well a tiny little bit was but I digress). It was about fundraising for the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau. Thank you to EVERYONE who donated money, silent auction items and time. I thought about you all when I went to an adoption hearing this morning. There were smiles and laughter and a few tears. Without the support from our community I would not have been that little girl’s CASA. I would not have been able to fight for her rights the last 3 years. Maybe she would have still been adopted….. maybe not. I can tell you for certain she would never have had anyone fight for her, agonize over her best interest and celebrate her joy as I did this morning.
So Montgomery County let me thank you for being there for her, as you are for so many other youth in our community. By supporting this fundraiser you supported them! Kudos to you!!!