A Daughter's Dance Brings Dad Joy

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From Scott Simon's essay on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday:

Our 5-year-old daughter is a ballet jock. Elise keeps her pink leotard and ballet slippers on after class, when she has an ice cream cone — two scoops and extra sprinkles when she's with me, some diet for a ballerina — and often wears her dance clothes to bed.

This passage particularly resonated with me:

But Ms. Kramer, who loves her, too, teaches truths a father finds hard to utter, like, "No, that's not good enough, do it again." It reminds me that children not only need good parents, but teachers, coaches and friends.

In other words, "It takes a village."

You can read and hear the entire essay on NPR's web site.

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