Tuesday, January 11, 2011

trying

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A few years back my bff talked me into taking a ballet class.

She is a born dancer.

I am not.

But I liked the idea of having an excuse to buy a tutu and ballet slippers.  I'm all about the get-up. I started playing tennis for the same reason. Am I the only one out there that finds tennis skirts irresistible? It always boils down to fashion does it not?

So I agreed.  I went faithfully for a month or two but I got to the point where I just couldn't bear the embarrassment one more week. I was the girl in the back two steps behind.  The galumping ogar that fell into the other ballerinas. The clown. Can't you just see me in your mind's eye? It's not that hard to imagine.  It was a debacle.

I gave it my best shot. I really did.

When I started illustrating, I didn't think much  of it. Ideas just seemed to flow down my arm and out through the pen.  I was just doodling.  Nothing serious.  It was relaxing.

When I try to make my illustrations look like the ones my favorite artist draw they look ridiculous. I feel ridiculous.

As hard as I try, I can't seem to be anything other than just plain old me.  So I've decided to be okay with that. 

I just need to be the best me possible.

And I'm holding out hope that The Bird can dance. I'll get that tutu one way or the other.

6 comments:

margie said...

YOU are the best...
wear a tutu just for fun...
the bird will dance...
i just know it...
maybe to the beat of her own drum...
loves...
m

Natalie said...

i hear you on the tennis skirt - so taking tennis lessons one day for the fashion.

Hilary said...

I think me and the little miss may just have dance class in our playroom, but we NEED N.E.E.D to have a tutu, for sure. :)

Jenny said...

Just for the record..... You were a fabulous first time ballerina. And you were not two steps behind. You did a great job! (I'm not just saying that). Thanks for the fun memory......

Sherri said...

Well maybe you should try Belly Dancing! :) I bet your husband would prefer belly over ballet.

A.HOLLAND.ETC. said...

gorgeous. i know the feeling. BUT could never write it out in the beautiful fashion you did...love it.