This is going to be a little funny, a little embarrassing, and a little bit TMI (too much information for those non acronym speakers).
When I was a little girl, there was NO doubt in my mind that I would be famous. It was the absolute path I was headed on. I would dream about being on stage at a concert, or in costume for a musical, or accepting my gold medal at the Olympics. Actually, I thought I would be an Olympic gold medalist, when after my skating career was done, I would become a singer/actress. No. Doubt. About it.
Here is an example of what I was like:
- Sometimes when I’d have sleepovers my parents would put a cot in my room. I would then push the cot and the bed together creating a three tiered stage. I would invite my friends over to sing to the Mini Pops, and I would always have to have the top stage.
- In music class I would always sing really, really, really loud. – Who am I kidding, I still sing loud.
- I only liked to go to church when I would be singing in the choir. Especially if I had a solo that day.
- My parents gave me a microphone with an ‘amp’ that lit up and I would bring it to all my friends houses and play games like New Girls on the Block.
Needless to say I was a little bit of a daydreamer and a lot obnoxious.
What I’m about to tell you is the amazingly embarrassing part. Here’s a little background:
I was a competitive figure skater. I started taking private lessons at a young age with my friend Leevie. She and I were often the youngest in our levels because our coach Charmaine was really good and worked us very hard. For our age neither of us were all that bad. We were actually pretty good. Both of us won several medals. Actually, come to think of it – it was awesome. We were a tight little family for a while. AND Leevie and I were fairly similar; we had lots of fun, were totally silly and both truly believed that we would go to the Olympics.
On a day off (it must have been a Saturday afternoon, because Saturday was our only day off of skating) Leevie and I were playing dress up in our costumes (see above – just kidding, we had skirts with our spandex). After about an hour of making up dances to the song ‘Gloria’, Leevie and I put on our skating sweaters (mine was Liz Manley), headed down to the corner of Riverside Drive and…
offered to give autographs to passerby’s.
Wow. Why would we do this? Well, because we were future Olympic Gold Medalists. Obviously. (crazy)
What’s that all about What were the strangers thinking when they walked by us? They must have thought we were insane. Pretty sure we were completely bonkers and I hope that we were really young when we did this. But I’m thinking we were 9 or 10.
I also wonder what my parents were thinking when this happened. They must have known we were doing this. Did they think this was funny? I know if my children wanted to do that, I would let them so that I could laugh. It’s kind of like David After Dentist.