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One of Dylan’s teachers came up to me after school to tell me that Dylan is a really good athlete.

“She runs really fast. She has great balance and agility. You should sign her up for soccer. She’s amazing during sports.”

My kid? Because I distinctly remember being picked last for dodge ball because all those flying rubber balls were really scary. And then I remember not making the field hockey team in junior high. And I blocked out the rest of my sports’ failures.

I finally settled on nice individual sport like skiing. No one throws balls at you when you’re skiing.

But my girl is an athlete. This is going to be awesome. I’ll enroll her in soccer. She’ll be amazing. She’ll be in regional competitions. She’ll kick some arse.  Soon, she’ll be an international superstar. She’ll make millions and then billions in endorsements. She’ll travel all over the world.  One day she’ll  marry a hot Swedish male model, they’ll have a couple of kids… oh wait, you know maybe that’s not the best plan.

“Hey Dylan. Your teacher said you’re great at sports. Do you want to take soccer after school? I could sign you up. It would be fun. What do you think?”


“Are you sure? You don’t have to marry a Swedish male model.”


“Never mind. Do you want to just stick to your ballet and yoga for now?”


Totally fine by me. As long as no one makes me play dodge ball, I’m cool with anything.

mama bird notes:

My mother is still in the ICU step down unit. My sister Quinn flew back to Memphis so I’m trying to get to the hospital as much as I can. And luckily, my mother has a large network of friends who have really made an effort. My mom’s white blood cell count is a bit high, so they are checking her for a potential infection. I couldn’t get to the hospital today but a friend of my mom’s said she laughed a bit. I believe laughter can help heal broken bones. Prayers + laughter + good medicine = healing. I was always pretty good at math.

And my mother was thrilled that her overnight nurse is from Ghana. My mother spent two years in the Peace Corps in Africa (in Nigeria) so she had an instant connection. So a few moments of happiness amongst all that overwhelming pain and discomfort. We’ll take it.

32 Responses to apparently, she’s a natural

  • Kathy says:

    Continued thoughts and prayers for your Mom. I hope her days are filled with joy and laughter I agree it is the best medicine especially if you can throw a Vicodin and some Merlot in the mix.

  • jessica says:

    Oh Kelcey, I can’t even imagine what you’re going through. Your mom sounds like a tough cookie, strong and stubborn and that I believe is what will get her through. Thinking of you


  • So glad to hear that your mom is smiling a little. I’ll keep praying for a speedy and full recovery. Thank you for keeping us all up to date.

    As for summer she can keep up the ballet and yoga and save he speed and agility to run away from all the Swedish male models who will indeed be after her one day!

  • KidSafe Mama says:

    Hi Kelcey – We are all sending prayers of healing to your mom from sunny Florida. She sounds like such a fighter with an amazing spirit.
    As for Dylan – there is no better gift we can give our children then being good listeners. Swedish model or not.

  • christy says:

    So glad she’s improving – slowly but surely. And how neat that she was in the peace corp! I hope today is a better for day for her.

    And your daughter is too cute – I was like you – I skied and rode horses. No team sports for me!

  • kristen says:

    Dylan is like me, a good athlete with no interest. It tortured my Dad, but then I was in high school and that’s when you want to torture your parents, just a little bit.

    My girl plays soccer, just like Ferdinand the bull. When she’s goalie she’s got her back to the game, trying to jump high enough to touch the top bar of the goalie cage. And when she’s not goalie, she’s practicing handstands and cartwheels so her teammates have to cover the ball for her. (I’m not making this up).

    So really, I’m a bit jealous that your girl knows where her strengths are because it’s a bit embarrassing when the parents all look at you or you hear, ‘cover Ava…cover Ava…” heehee.

  • Dylan says:

    Any sport with a ball means there’s a possibility of an assault. I do not like team sports — for me.

    Even though she doesn’t want to play, isn’t it nice to know that your girl, Dylan, is “gifted”? 🙂

    PS: Thank you for the update on your mother. Thoughts and prayers continue to flow…

  • Becky says:

    GO MOM GO! I’m still thinking good powerful thoughts for her.

    And Dylan, I love that kid. “Want to play soccer?” “No.” Atta girl! You have two very strong girls and that is the most important lesson you can give them.

  • Kim says:

    OMG! Dodge ball scared me too, and well let’s face it, kick ball was no walk in the park either!!!!! My daughter is only two, so I am waiting to see what becomes of her! She loves her yoga class too, so we shall see! Maybe there is hope for her yet! Ha

    Positive vibes sent to your Mom! I am a firm believer laughter is good medicine!!!!! I bet your Mother will make lots of new friends in the hospital, and will need even more Holiday cards next year!

  • Crystal says:

    They (who ever they are) say that laughter is the best medicine and THEY are right again! Prayers and love for your Mama. I wish my kids had some kind of natural ability, well OTHER than driving me bonkers!

  • Daphne says:

    To hear that your mother laughed is the best news so far. And I’m with Dylan on this one–why run in circles and dodge balls when you can relax on a mat?

  • Becky says:

    Continued prayers for your Mom. I pray that the pain is going away and she is feeling better every day.
    Now on to soccer, we had to trick my son into signing up for soccer (he did not have dance and yoga to fall back on. Just video games and bothering me) There were terrible tears when he realized what we did. Now he LOVES it. The only problem is he is NOT a natural (lol) but he is finally out of the house having fun. I can’t have my cake and eat it too 😉

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Glad thinks might be ‘looking up’ for your mother…and Summer still has the cutest little ‘open’ face, full of mischief and hugs. Is her middle name ‘Breeze’? Wait…I hope not…’Summer Breeze’ was the name of a douche.

  • Gretchen says:

    I have been praying for your mother! So glad to hear she’s mending.

    Does she know that you get really cute uniforms if you play soccer? Might interest her. Or try karate or tai kwon do. They have cute outfits too. It’s all about the outfit.

  • Portia says:

    Kelcey, looks like mom’s moving in the right direction if she’s in stepdown…hopefully the elevated wbc count is a stress reaction. You’re going to be an honorary health care provider when all of this is said and done. 🙂 Thoughts and prayers are again with your family. Oh and BTW, laughter IS the best medicine.

  • I’m relating to this on so many levels. I was ALWAYS picked last in gym. I have fond memories of big red splotches on my arms from missile like volley balls (we used foam for dodge ball).

    And I’ve had two experiences with flying down to Key West to be with my mother in the hospital. Different reasons – but worrying about your mom is awful for everyone. Losing her to cancer is one of my biggest fears. I’m so glad to hear that you mother is strong and fighting and getting such good care.

    Much love to you both.

  • Ann says:

    Glad to hear there is a little lightness peeking through your Mom’s miserable situation.

    FivePointFive seemed to have a knack for soccer, too. He promptly quit.

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