The stage? Our family trampoline in the backyard.
We would arrive just minutes ahead of Alicia's grandparents, our landlord neighbors. Sometimes, a neighborhood kid or two would also be part of the sitting on the grass only audience.
For the next fifteen minutes or so, we were mesmerized by the surprisingly gifted choreography that both little girls had prepared for us. Part exercise protocol, part cheerleading, part acrobatics, and part dance, their well-practiced, very creative, and wonderfully in sync routine provided us with engaging entertainment that would not soon be forgotten.
A rousing ovation sprinkled with cheers of delight would follow their wonderful performance.
It wasn't So You Think You Can Dance.
It was definitely better!
This proud daddy marveled at the miracle God had packaged up, pretty in pink, beautiful like her mom but also unique in her own right. Like having so much familiarity and so much otherworldly stranger all mixed into one.
And I was blessed and spoiled to be my little girl's biggest hero!
Those days don't last forever. I wish a future me could have lovingly warned me that little girls grow up all too quickly...and that in the rock and roll upheaval known as adolescence, the staunchest of heros can sometimes be zeros.
Until a moment arrives when all the gifts of those little girl memories come rushing back in full fruition...
Case in point: This wonderful video of her ministry at her high school. She is the choreographer as well as the principal performer.
What you see is the recently emerged young adult.
What I see, indelibly inscribed in my heart, is a little girl dancing on a trampoline.