March 14 11

Oh, curveball.

It sure has been a while since you’ve shown your ugly face, hasn’t it? But, I guess it’s my mistake for allowing myself to be blissfully happy without waiting for the other shoe to drop. And while it dropped heavily this week and really threw me for an unexpected loop and caused me to spend an entire day eating nothing but cake (but, you know, that may have had something to do with that old bitty who starts with a P and ends in an S and has an M in the middle…). But, you know, I put my big girl panties on AND SOME PANTS TOO (shocking, I know!) and ran my favorite Stuart Smalley-ism in my head (you’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it, people like you) and realized, through the help of some truly amazing people, that I am going to kick this curveball in the nards.

And that really good things are on their way.

Little did I know that one of those really good things was going to come in the package of a phone call this evening.

“Hi, is this Ali? I’m calling from The Railway Children and we’d like for Miss Emily to come back down tomorrow for a callback.”

A callback.


My little girl. The one with more determination and confidence and talent in her little finger than I have in my entire body. She walked into a giant convention center today – - – walked right past over 400 other children – - – and wowed the pants of everyone.

She may get the part. She may not get the part. We don’t even care at this point. I mean, don’t get me wrong….we will be over-the-moon if she does get it. But, she was just so gutted when she didn’t get a better part in Grease; so upset that parts were given out based on favorites and not actual merit. She knows now. She knows what she has really always known. This is a dream that she will make come true.

All she has to do is be herself.

Herself. The girl who doesn’t get intimidated by 400 other children with dreams. The girl who says, “Eh. I’m going to act like I’m the only one here.”

Her crazy, awesome, goofy, wonderful self.

My little girl who sat in the back of the car and told me something about my stupid curveball that will stick with me for the rest of the life. My little girl who made me forget about stupid curveball in my life right now.

“Mommy. It’s going to be okay. It’s going to be better than okay. Because you are the best person I know.”

  1. Ok, I am so proud of you and just over the moon proud of Emily.

    You are two of the strongest people I know, and Emily was right, you’re amazing, Ali!


    Comment by Brittany on March 14, 2011
  2. Emily, she is full of wisdom! And so right!!

    Congrats to Emily, keeping my fingers crossed for her. Also, hope things get better for you soon.



    Comment by AmazingGreis on March 14, 2011
  3. What an amazing girl ! Keeping my fingers crossed for her :)


    Comment by Magda on March 14, 2011
  4. Wow, that is an awesome little girl you guys got there. Good luck and break a leg!


    Comment by Hockeymandad on March 14, 2011
  5. If the curveball is what I think it is, you’re going to be awesome. I mean, you’re already awesome. You’re going to be awesomer. And Emily’s totally right.


    Comment by Avitable on March 15, 2011
  6. I got so many goosebumps from reading this! Yay for Emily!!



    Comment by heidikins on March 15, 2011
  7. that last line made me cry .. wow Ali, what a smart girl you have.

    (wishing her the very best for her callback too)


    Comment by Sarah on March 15, 2011
  8. Emily sounds like good people to me.


    Comment by rkmama on March 15, 2011
  9. I can’t wait to meet that girl and give you a tight hug on Sunday.

    You BOTH are awesome. :)


    Comment by Angella on March 15, 2011
  10. Here’s hoping for the best for Emily’s call back. She is such a sweet wonderful girl, how can she not be? You are her Mom and you’re awesome.
    I hope things get better soon.


    Comment by monstergirlee on March 15, 2011
  11. I’ll go see her on Broadway. FO SHO.


    Comment by Angie [A Whole Lot o on March 15, 2011
  12. You are awesome. Emily sounds like an amazing little girl.


    Comment by Mandi Bone on March 15, 2011
  13. I’m floored and full of AWE OMFG that’s the sweetest thing ever!

    Best of everything to Emily, oh to be young and ballsy again!


    Comment by Steph on March 15, 2011
  14. I have an understudy for her if she needs one.

    Or a director, perhaps. This one is very bossy.


    Comment by Backpacking Dad on March 15, 2011
  15. She sounds a lot braver than I imagine myself to be. Congrats to her, and to you, oh have I ever been in that cake-eating-pantsless mood. Actually, staring down 2 more hours at work on a Wednesday, that mood doesn’t sound half bad. ;)


    Comment by Lorraine on March 16, 2011
  16. You two are fabulous!


    Comment by Nenette on March 16, 2011
  17. And just to be clear, when she DOES get the part, she’ll remember all the little people like the photographer in row 17 who last night snagged the money shot just as she rattled off “Brusha brusha brusha…”. ;)


    Comment by Ed Prutschi on March 17, 2011

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