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Inspiration, GI Jane, and My Daughter

Demi Moore really kicked some serious, um, butt in the movie GI Jane. (I loved that show - I watched it about ten times.)

The training scenes were particularly impressive. The determination and relentlessness with which she pursued her goal of Navy Seals acceptance was inspiring. She was like a snarling dog with a bone - seemingly unable to release her obsessive grip.

Kind of like... like... oh let me see here... my 5 year old daughter and the monkey bars!!! Day in!! Day out!! Up, down, backwards, forwards.... flipping!! Hanging!! You name it - she'll try it and she won't quit until she's conquered it.

Why just as I was writing this (in a notebook to be blogged later) she tripped in the gravel while running from one play structure to the next. She fell palms open, slapping the sharp stones with all her 39 pounds behind her.

"Owwwwww!!!!" she cried.

I put down my notebook and went over to her, but by the time I'd crossed the 30 or so feet between us, she'd brushed the jagged rocks off her palms and said:

"It's OK Mommy - it doesn't hurt that much. Not enough to stop playing on the monkey bars!"

Which leads me to the realization that I don't need some high budget Hollywood creation for inspiration. My very own long haired, pint sized spitfire provides plenty of it.


Tammy said...

That was a very cool movie and you daughter sounds like a sweet tough little girl. :o)

JEANNE said...

LOL she's feisty, that's for sure! Where she gets her energy I'll never know...

Jaina said...

I used to be like that on the monkey bars when I was little. My friend Keith and I would get blisters on our hands, get band-aids and go BACK on the monkey bars. They finally had to keep us off of them until our hands healed so that we wouldn't hurt ourselves too badly.

JEANNE said...

Ouch!! I was never that dedicated, but I can definitely imagine my daughter ending up with blisters... good thing her arms get tired first!!

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