Monday, March 22, 2010

Sally O'Malley Reincarnated


Ashley decided she wanted to wear her purple velour sweatsuit to her preschool's spring program.

We call it her "Grandma Outfit."  Partly because her grandma bought it for her, and partly because she looks like a grandma when she wears it. But Ashley doesn't care - she loves it.

We had no idea what she'd be doing at the spring program, so I had no legitimate veto rights regarding her wardrobe selection.  As I've mentioned before here on the blog, Ashley is like Fort Knox when it comes to revealing the substance of her preschool programs.  She won't tell us a thing about what to expect.  Every time I'd ask her, "Are you singing any songs?  Are you putting on a play?  Do you need to wear anything special?"  She'd simply smile slyly and sing-song "Mom-my, it's a suh-pri-uzz!"

Luckily, the preschool newsletter had somewhat filled us in, so we knew the theme of the program was "Friends Around the World." We would be "traveling" to Mexico, China, Ireland, Hawaii and Africa and then sample foods from these countries after the program was over.  As the stay-at-home parent who handles preschool drop-off and pick-up, Scott signed up to bring a food dish hailing from the grand country of Mexico.  See, he is very smart, because that meant we could just bring chips and salsa.    

So, we showed up at the preschool on Friday at 12:30 on the dot, chips and salsa in hand, expecting to be thoroughly entertained for the next 30 minutes by 4-5 year-olds doing 4-5 year old globally themed activities.

We patiently sat through the first group of performers, who danced the hula from Hawaii.  Then the next group twirled paper umbrellas from China.  Ashley sat patiently in her purple sweatsuit, waiting for her moment. 

And then, the program informed us, it was time for the Mexican hat dance.

Ashley and four fellow classmates gathered in a circle around a sombrero.  The music started.

Everyone froze.

Everyone except Ashley.

Her face lit up, she backed away from that sombrero and started dancing this little choreographed heel kick dance.  I would have described it as more Russian in origin than Mexican, but what do I know.  Whatever it was, it was hilarious.  She couldn't have cared less that she was the only one dancing....she had her moves down and was having a blast.   

The music picked up and and she grabbed the frozen kids' hands and twirled them around that sombrero like they had never been twirled before.  Then she backed up and kicked some more until the music came to a stop and the overcrowded room of parents and grandparents burst into cheers and applause.  It was pure purple velour Sally O'Malley awesomeness.  I laughed so hard I cried.

And you know what?  I wasn't surprised at all.  Man, do I love my daughter. 


Anonymous said...

That is so sweet! I think it is wonderful how our kids' little personalities continue to surprise and entertain us all.

Jen said...

That is just so cute. :)

Aging Mommy said...

Oh my goodness, you must have been just about bursting with pride. That is one of those moments that you will treasure for ever. As for the sweatpants, just something you can really embarrass her with when you show future boyfriends the family photo albums!

Sadia said...

Ah, opinionated extroverts. Gotta love 'em.

Who knows, maybe velour will be in again when she's in high school.

Helene said...

That is SO darn cute!! I love her personality! She's definitely going to be the leader of the group, never the follower!!

MamaOtwins+1 said...

That is so sweet!

Kim said...

That is amazing. She must be a real firecracker! My son drives me crazy at times (he is a bit of an emotional wreck), but it all pays off in moments like this where their little personalities shine for all to see!

f14boyle said...

I love to hear your Ashley stories! She's one of a kind =)

Kim said...

oh, I so wish you had a video!!

mrs. b. said...

i kinda want to be her best friend! she is *clearly* hilarious and stylish, too. love this story! :)

Kelleyhausen said...

So cute... I love her purple grammy suit.
have a great weekend.