My daughter is sometimes influenced by the things that she sees when watching television. Whenever she sees something in a movie that looks cool or fun to her, she just has to try it. One day I was watching a movie with her about a girl who becomes a ballerina and performs a famous dance number in a ballet. After seeing that movie, she wanted to take ballet classes in Toronto. Although my daughter sees fun things that she has to try, she doesn’t always stick with them. Just last year she was taking tennis lessons but gave up after she became tired of it. I told my daughter that I would only let her take ballet classes if she promised to stick with it.
Although my daughter promised me that she would not quit this time, I wanted to make sure that she didn’t, so I decided to sign up for ballet classes right along with her. I was going to be with her every step of the way and hoped that she wouldn’t be so quick to quit if she saw that I could do it. On the first day of class, I wasn’t prepared for the amount of movement that my body would be doing. Since I am a single parent, I don’t have a lot of spare time to dedicate to exercise. In the ballet class, I was getting exercise in muscles that I hadn’t used in a while, and I was feeling sore. My daughter was moving around as if she was as light as a feather.
I was close to throwing in the towel, but I remembered what I told my daughter about not giving up, and stuck with the ballet class. After months of sore muscles, I was able to move around gracefully, just like a real ballerina, and so was my daughter.