Being a writer, I’m inspired by things I see or observe, people I meet, and things I learn. Having said that, I watched a little girl named Beni, absorb the teachings of culinary genius, Gordon Ramsey, throughout the entire season 6 of MasterChef Junior. I witnessed, through live action news, the joining of two countries in holy matrimony, because an English Prince fell in love with an American–not for her social status, but for who she is. Finally, I spent a very entertaining evening, seated in a huge auditorium of a high school, watching live performances from students in performing arts. I watched as a couple hundred students, expressed themselves through interpretive dancing.
The innocence of a child is not something that should be taken advantage of, but something that we, as parents should celebrate. Their minds haven’t yet been corrupted by the conflicts of peer pressure–downers telling dreamers it can’t be done and so on.
In watching Beni throughout Season 6, I saw her as an open notebook taking it all in. She faced every cooking challenge with an open mind, she listened intently, taking every remark, tip, and critique from Gordon Ramsey, Christina Tosi, and Joe Bastianich, and going with them. Every Friday, you could physically see her technique mature. If I remember hearing correctly, Beni also made the swim team with her school, but she gave it up to be on MasterChef Junior, and then she won! I’m anxious to see what she does in the coming years!
When watching the royal wedding between Prince Harry of Wales and our ‘American Princess Bride’, I felt the union of America with England, and to marry into the royal family–an honor of it’s own.
I was inspired the most by all the children I watched perform on stage while attending my daughter’s part in the show. She’s a first year gymnast with Kidz in Step, and she part of a gymnastics routine to “The Greatest Show” from The Greatest Showman. I’m amazed with how much she’s doing now compared to the common cartwheel and somersault she was doing a year ago. I taught her the cartwheels and somersaults, Kidz in Step taught her the uneven bars and the balance beam.
Other performances included ballet, tap dancing, Jazz routines, Hip-Hop, a few Contemporary numbers, and a skit in Musical Theater. I was immediately captivated, nearly to tears, by the opening of the show because I watched dancers tumble in and tumble out, jump in and jump out, and finally come together in a huge group of talented performers of the arts, filling the stage and surrounding the audience in a choreographed dance number like that of Justin Timberlake’s closing number in his recent Super Bowl half-time appearance. The owner herself in the act, dancing as seriously as her students. She’s the owner/director, but her favorite place to be is in the class rooms. She likes the dance floor. That night, I also witnessed the owner, as a teacher, investing in the future of her students when she and her husband recognized four senior girls who’ve been dancing with her since she opened her dance studio. There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. It was such a special moment, and so touching.
The point to this post is the inspiration we can get in watching our children, and encouraging them to do the things they like to do. My daughter wants to be an actress when she grows up. I can put her on the path to following her dreams through performing arts. This year and next she’s in gymnastics, next year dance might make the schedule.
Feel the technique and create a new, delicious appetizer, entree, or dessert. Feel the music and create an entire new dance number. Set the sky as your limit, and follow your dreams. Gain confidence from watching our children be confident.