Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tumbling Trance

She couldn’t wait to get to her first Tumbling class.

She put on her leotard hours before we even had to leave.

When it was finally time to go, she sang a song about Tumbling in the backseat. (“I love to tumble. I love to jump. I love cheese!”) (Yeah, the last bit was weird to me, too.)

(Although cheese is delicious.)

We got there early and she stared at the room she’d be in. All the various equipment and oh—the trampolines!

Then it was time to begin. She didn’t even bother giving me a hug, she just raced over to her brand new teacher.

“Have fun,” I called out.

I thought Natalie would have a blast. But I watched as she’d stare off into space when the teacher was telling them things.

She did great on the balance beam—well, the first half. Then she stared off into space again and oops, she fell to the ground.

So okay, she’s a daydreamer. Nothing wrong with that. I’m a daydreamer. I constantly go off into a trance and think about random things. (Such as, should I stop and get a slurpee at 711?....I shouldn’t feel bad about not cooking meat all the way, the chefs on Hell’s Kitchen do it at all the time and they’re supposed to be professionals...who ate all the Oatmeal Cream Pies?...oh, that was me…)

Natalie’s teacher was explaining how to spread your arms and legs while jumping on the trampoline.

Natalie did this once, and then went off into a trance.

I wanted to remind her to focus. But I was on the other side of the window and she wouldn’t be able to hear me.

Still, she seemed to enjoy her first Tumbling class. True, she might not have been as focused as the other kids—but she’s four, she has the attention span of a gnat.

Of course, all the other kids in her class are four too….

When it was all over, Natalie came over to me with a smile.

“Did you like that?” I asked.

She nodded.

“Why weren’t you paying attention though?” I wondered.

Natalie tugged my arm so I’d get down to her level. She cupped a hand around her mouth and leaned against my ear.

“Because,” she whispered, “I was trying to find a way to tell the teacher I needed to pee.”

Oh....

35 comments:

  1. *giggles*

    Now that was unexpected.

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  2. I'm sure it wouldn't be the best move to jump on a trampoline when you have to pee.

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  3. I love it!!! Thanks for the laugh!

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  4. Awww, sweet baby! At least she's courteous, my boy would have just started yelling "I need to pee right NOW!"

    Boys are animals...

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  5. hahahaha!
    at least she was honest!!

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  6. I have to pee when I jump on a trampoline too. It's not as cute when you're 40.

    She's such a character! I love the adventures of Natalie.

    ♥Spot

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  7. Note to Mom again: Take her to the Lady's room before everything

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  8. Too funny. It is hard to concentrate when you need to pee.

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  9. Oh the poor thing!! Bella is more outspoken and would have totally announced to the world, I GOTTA PEEEEE!!!!!

    She's just subtle like that. *wink*

    Glad it all went well otherwise!

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  10. Oh, that's hilarious. Poor Natalie. At least she didn't pee on the trampoline.

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  11. Oh how I needed that laugh today!!!!!

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  12. Oh how sweet (and sad) is that? I do that all the time - I put way too much thought and introspection into so many things where the answer is as easy as a good pee. She's too cute!

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  13. Oh yea...I remember THOSE trances! I still have one every now and then...

    Lana
    www.FarmLifeLessons.blogspot.com

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  14. That is so sweet!! My daughter would have been holding herself doing that pee dance they do so well....

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  15. Too freaking funny! I'm surprised she didn't wet herself with all the bouncing and running... I totally would have!

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  16. Hilarious! I'm glad she liked it.

    Gymnastics is so much fun for them. I couldn't hardly beat Elizabeth off the trampoline.

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  17. That is too funny! I still do the same thing, its not fun to announce to a room that you have to pee!

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  18. Lol! Poor girl- that is awesome. My kids would just loudly and probably rudely proclaim- I gotta pee!

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  19. What a sweet and thoughtful girl! Not wanting to interrupt the class like that.....hahahahahaha! That was classic Natalie.

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  20. I am trying to remember the old days of gymnastics. The ending of her song...the cheese, is probably about the foam wedge used to teach kids things like back walk overs.

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  21. Awwww! Cutie! That IS a tough one!

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  22. I wasn't expecting that at all! Both me and my daughter are daydreamers. My husband sees me zoning out and says, " Oh no, she's in Jaime World again!"

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  23. That's hilarious! I have a hard time paying attention when I have to pee too. :)

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  24. I didn't see that coming at all, how funny!

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  25. I didn't see that coming at all!! That is hilarious :)

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  26. Aww poor thing! I probably would have done the same at that age (or even older). At least she enjoyed it!

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  27. Ha, ha. It's hard to tumble when you have to pee.

    LisaDay

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  28. Hahaha... thanks for the laugh. That Natalie, she's something else.

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  29. Awww. Well, at least she's polite. Next tumbling class will be awesome. LOL

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  30. ...I wish I had an oatmeal cream pie...
    That is so cute! I can't pay attention either when I have to pee!

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  31. That's adorable!
    Her song is the best. I love cheese too!

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  32. That's adorable!
    Her song is the best. I love cheese too!

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  33. Don't you just love those glass one-way windows? They had them at Safety Swim. I guess theyr'e so parents unabashed can press their noses up against them.

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