I shouldn't have been. Not even for a second. She did wonderful. She participated in a reel, light jig, slip jig, treble jig and hornpipe competition. The last two on hard shoes. I could never remember the steps for one dance, let alone five.
She placed first on the reel and light jig, and fourth on hornpipe. Keep in mind that her class started practicing the dances a couple of weeks before we left for Argentina, and she missed a whole month.
I don't know how she does it. It's a wonderful feeling when your child can do things you'd never consider doing. Or that you can't do. What does she feel up on that stage, in front of so many people? Does she think the sequence of the steps she needs to take or does she just let her feet remember?
I asked her, and she just smiled at me and shrugged her shoulders.
I guess I'll never know.
My medalist and her proud mama
Isn't she adorable?
PS: She's been making bracelets to set up a booth at a boutique. I asked her what she will do with the money and she said, "I'm saving for my competition in Ireland."
She still has countless feiseanna to win before she can go to Ireland for her certification. But do I doubt she will get to do it? Not for a second.