Aunt Lauren’s Dance Party

12 Mar

I have been babysitting my niece since she was 6 months old. She’s such a loving, happy little girl. You might say that my childhood experience was a bit different from her’s. This sums it up:

La La on sled (left) and Little L on sled (right)

We were night and day and I felt this difference from the moment we began spending our days together. I was a quiet, sensitive, coloring book kind of kid and she has been a funny, energetic, grade-A chatty Cathy from the get-go. 

When she turned 3, I needed to find something to tire her out so I invented, “Aunt Lauren’s Dance Party.” I would burn recent pop music to a CD, bring it to her house and we would drive (she usually drove) to a dance club in our imaginations called “Aunt Lauren’s” and then we would dance for hours. I was a fucking genius.

For 3 years we had fun with this by integrating all kinds of situations, dressing up, pretending to be different people, and making up silly dances. She’s older now and we see less of each other these days, but when we are together we watch musicals and sing along, build tents and really just have a rollicking good time.

Recently, I realized that we are now very much alike and that she helped me relive parts of my childhood (even adulthood) that frightened me in the past. Maybe I helped shape her into the charming, creative kid she is today (especially since she understands sarcasm). Regardless, I love her, and maybe one day I will make someone just as wonderful.

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13 Responses to “Aunt Lauren’s Dance Party”

  1. Pete Armetta March 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    How wonderfully charming and enjoyable and funny! Love this LaLa, you two really have a special and destined relationship. The kind we never forget!

    Love the sled pics really had me cackling her. She’s a beautiful little girl.

    Pete

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    • La La March 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      thanks, Pete!!

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  2. dee dee March 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Love!

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  3. crubin March 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    She’s lucky to have you in her life. And fortunate that you kept her fit with all that dancing!

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    • La La March 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

      It kept me fit, too, and is probably the reason I love Zumba so much! Thank you!

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  4. jeandayfriday March 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Dancing fun! Isn’t it amazing how kids make us remember our childhood?! And I am sure you have been a great role model to her. What fun!

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  5. RFL March 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Very sweet post! I think we will have a dance party today. I used to strap K to me in a sling and dance in front of the mirror to pop music. She loved it as an infant, and still loves dancing 🙂 Thanks for reminding me!

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  6. Kelli March 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    My fave post! I love it!

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    • La La March 12, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      Thanks kelli, looking forward to Friday!!!

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  7. Christopher De Voss November 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Is it wrong that I find the picture of little La La absolutely funny and cute on that sled…could be because I find the big La La that way as well.

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    • La La November 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

      It’s probably for the best because putting me on a sled now likely would get the same result.

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