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itsoktobegay101:

What I Won’t Tell You About My Ballet Dancing Son

by Ashleigh Baker

When you ask him about sports, he’ll raise his blue eyes to mine and press his lips together. I’ll nod to assure him it’s safe, he’s okay, this isn’t the school lunch table where the kids can taunt.

“I dance,” he’ll say. “Ballet. This year I’m doing hip hop and tap and jazz, too, but ballet is my favorite.”

Try as you might, progressive thinker that you are, modern and open-minded for all the decades you carry, your eyebrows will move up a quarter of an inch.

Oh!” You’ll tilt your head and hopefully you’ll smile. For a heartbeat you’ll spin through a lexicon of words and phrases, seeking the correct positive acknowledgment.

And I’ll hold my breath as your eyes meet mine over his shaggy blonde head of hair, a wordless prayer as we wait for the moment of reaction. What does one say to a seven year old boy who is built for carrying a football but wears ballet shoes?

Will you be the one who nods, intrigued, silently assuming his parents must be dancers, or that we’ve exploited our child in an attempt at our own anti-sexism statement?

Or perhaps you’ll be the one who asks incredulously what his dad thinks of him doing ballet, because what dad would be okay with a son who dances?

Maybe you’re the family friend who repeatedly assures him it’s acceptable to enjoy ballet – after all, NFL players have been known to take a few ballet lessons it will be valuable when he plays real sports in a few years.

What if you’re the man who scoffs in the face of my little boy’s uncle, declaring loudly that you would “beat that boy’s ass” to cure him of whatever it is that makes him want to dance?

You could be the distant relative who eyes him curiously at gatherings, making frequent mention of the need for masculinity and “boyish” pursuits, taking care he doesn’t accidentally grab the pink piece of cake because, “What are you, a girl?!” followed by a quick inhale and, “So Troy, are you still doing that ballet thing? How’s that working for you? You have any girlfriends there yet?

You might even be the one who glances over your shoulder, catching my eye knowingly, suggesting in veiled terms that we be “concerned” about our seven year old’s sexuality.


So I catch your eye when you ask him about baseball and soccer, not because I don’t want you to be interested or I’m expecting your reaction to be as nonchalant as if he had said he’s the star of the peewee basketball team. I bore my eyes into yours, conveying with a look my son’s intuitive nature and telling you with silence that I’m not going to answer those questions.


Instead, I’ll tell you about a baby boy who felt music in his soul before he could crawl,grooving to the beat of push-button toys in the church nursery and spawning jokes about his young parents’ need to curb the tendency if he was to become a “good Baptist baby.”

I’ll tell you about a toddler spinning on his head on the living room carpet, the grocery store linoleum, the church foyer tile, eliciting amused comments from strangers about his wannabe break dancing. I’ll tell you of his unquenchable need to move in the presence of rhythm and an obvious inborn ability to feel music.

I’ll revisit the memory of him bounding in the front door on a December afternoon, tossing his kindergarten backpack and, wild eyed, telling us of the music class in which people leaped and twirled to music, strong men jumped high in the air, danced on their toes and lifted ballerinas across the stage. He wore black sweat pants and a white undershirt every day of Christmas break that year, asked Santa for black ballet shoes, watched dozens of online videos of boys’ ballet techniques and by Christmas day had memorized every note and crescendo of the entire Nutcracker Suite.

I’ll laugh and sigh and tell you of his own carefully choreographed dances to specific pieces by Beethoven, Taylor Swift and Mumford & Sons.

I can show you a clip from his first recital, when he was awarded an unsolicited, unexpected dance scholarship and hadn’t a clue what it meant as he smiled and accepted the sheet of paper. I’ll try to keep from beaming, as parents do, and will refrain from repeating every accolade and declaration of talent his instructors have bestowed upon him.

I’ll tell you of the way he glows after a six hour practice, the finesse with which he glides across the floor, the way his very soul leaps from his eyes when he manages a toe touch or perfects a difficult series of steps. I’ll show you a boy who carries himself with grace in manner and spirit, who is strong in character and skill, who is learning of compassion and team effort and how to appreciate the brilliance of life’s beauty.


When you ask my dancing son about this passion he carries and you catch my eye, slightly uncertain how to proceed, I won’t try to convince you this was all his idea or give ten examples of his father’s unwavering pride or waste breath assuring you that my second grader isn’t gay.

I’ll simply tell you what he said to us after his first Nutcracker performance last winter:

Mama, it feels like my heart is flying when I’m dancing. I think God made ballet because he knew I’d love it.”

That last line. Wow. How powerful.

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Posted
6 months ago
nowtheresanideaalfrey:

… These kids will rule the world.

nowtheresanideaalfrey:

… These kids will rule the world.

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7 months ago
dettsu:

izzytheeverything:

flagdemoness:

forevahyoung-ness:

eheheheh-lokid:

doctordonna10:

what-theface:

“All the single heroes…”

ALL THE SINGLE HEROES

ALL THE SINGLE HEROS

NOW PUT YOUR SHIELD UP!

UP IN NEW YORK
JUST THAWED OUT
DOIN’ AN AVENGERS THING

THEY TALKED ME UP
LOKI SUCKS
AND COULSON IS OBSESSED WITH ME

All the single heroes, all the single heroesAll the single heroes, all the single heroesAll the single heroes, all the single heroesAll the single heroes
Now put your shield up!
Up in New YorkJust thawed outDoin’ an Avengers thing
They talked me upLoki sucksAnd Coulson is obsessed with me
He up on me, he up on meDon’t pay him any attentionI’m with Tony Stark, Thor, and HulkOut doing this avenging biz
If Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from himIf Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from himHe’ll be mad and summon his chitauri army thenBut if he took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh
If Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from himIf Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from himHe’ll be mad and summon his chitauri army thenBut if he took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh
I got Barton in the skyRomanov the spyAnd Hulk smashing, ripping jets in the air
Stark flies byI’m on stand byThor brings the lightning and the thunder
If Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from himIf Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from himHe’ll be mad and summon his chitauri army thenBut if he took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh
If Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from himIf Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from himWe’ll close the portal, that he opened, with his scepter thenThor will take him back to Asgard as a prisoner
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh
We won’t treat him to the things of this worldJustice has been servedFreedom’s what I prefer, what I deserve
Here’s the man that breaks it, then takes itSo we deliver him to his destiny, to the 9 realms and beyondOh, Laufeyson
Now you’re really doneIn the void, you’ll be aloneAnd like a ghost, you’ll be gone
All the single heroes, all the single heroesAll the single heroes, all the single heroesAll the single heroes, all the single heroesAll the single heroes
Now put your shield up!
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh
If Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from himIf Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from himWe’ll close the portal, that he opened, with his scepter thenThor will take him back to Asgard as a prisoner
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh
Loki’s gone now so, we can do the shit we wantI’ll try to visit Peggy in her retirement homeClint and Nat are going out and Coulson’s still aliveBruce and Tony’s doing science and Fury’s on vacay
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh

dettsu:

izzytheeverything:

flagdemoness:

forevahyoung-ness:

eheheheh-lokid:

doctordonna10:

what-theface:

“All the single heroes…”

ALL THE SINGLE HEROES

ALL THE SINGLE HEROS

NOW PUT YOUR SHIELD UP!

UP IN NEW YORK

JUST THAWED OUT

DOIN’ AN AVENGERS THING

THEY TALKED ME UP

LOKI SUCKS

AND COULSON IS OBSESSED WITH ME

All the single heroes, all the single heroes
All the single heroes, all the single heroes
All the single heroes, all the single heroes
All the single heroes

Now put your shield up!

Up in New York
Just thawed out
Doin’ an Avengers thing

They talked me up
Loki sucks
And Coulson is obsessed with me

He up on me, he up on me
Don’t pay him any attention
I’m with Tony Stark, Thor, and Hulk
Out doing this avenging biz

If Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him
If Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him
He’ll be mad and summon his chitauri army then
But if he took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh

If Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him
If Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him
He’ll be mad and summon his chitauri army then
But if he took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh

I got Barton in the sky
Romanov the spy
And Hulk smashing, ripping jets in the air

Stark flies by
I’m on stand by
Thor brings the lightning and the thunder

If Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him
If Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him
He’ll be mad and summon his chitauri army then
But if he took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh

If Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him
If Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him
We’ll close the portal, that he opened, with his scepter then
Thor will take him back to Asgard as a prisoner

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh

We won’t treat him to the things of this world
Justice has been served
Freedom’s what I prefer, what I deserve

Here’s the man that breaks it, then takes it
So we deliver him to his destiny, to the 9 realms and beyond
Oh, Laufeyson

Now you’re really done
In the void, you’ll be alone
And like a ghost, you’ll be gone

All the single heroes, all the single heroes
All the single heroes, all the single heroes
All the single heroes, all the single heroes
All the single heroes

Now put your shield up!

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh

If Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him
If Loki took it, then we’ll go and take it back from him
We’ll close the portal, that he opened, with his scepter then
Thor will take him back to Asgard as a prisoner

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh

Loki’s gone now so, we can do the shit we want
I’ll try to visit Peggy in her retirement home
Clint and Nat are going out and Coulson’s still alive
Bruce and Tony’s doing science and Fury’s on vacay

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh

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Posted
7 months ago

pizaprincess:

by cuddle i mean have hard rough sex 

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7 months ago
beanerschnitzel:

ponytailwhippingnacho:

christophool:

vorticity007:

supaslim:

Guys, let me tell you about orcas.
Orca whales are mean motherfuckers. They cruise the oceans with only two things in mind: one, having sex, and two, eating every poor fuck they find out there that’s smaller than them. They are such badass motherfuckers that even great white motherfucking sharks don’t dare fuck with them, which in my books, places them above the sperm whale as Biggest Badass of the Ocean. And why don’t sharks bother them, you may wonder? Because orcas fucking learned that if you flip a shark over they go into a sort of coma, so now they do it intentionally so they can eat the motherfucking sharks. Not only that, but orcas have also learned how to hunt sperm whales and motherfucking sea birds.
The orca whale lives in a matriarchal pod. Every pod has unique hunting methods and whatnot, which is passed down from parent to offspring- these scary fuckers have formed civilizations. And what do they do for fun, apart from hopping around on the water’s surface and grinning like crazy mofos? They hunt for fun, going so far as to tip over ice floes and beach themselves just for the thrill of killing.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Orca whales are too damn cute and smiley looking to be heartless predators of the sea. Well, let me counter-argue with this photo:

THOSE ARE NOT THE TEETH OF A CREATURE THAT WANTS TO BE YOUR FRIEND.


Reblogging for excellent commentary.

Why has nobody mentioned what’s happening in the original gif?
This is how orcas hunt - or, it’s one of the ways they do. They have a ton of tricks and techniques they use to fuck up everything below them on the food chain, and that gif portrays my personal favorite.
Orcas will literally BEACH THEMSELVES to grab unsuspecting seals (or whatever else happens to be splashing around in the surf) and snarf them down like hot dogs. Yeah, that’s right. This is a 6-ton apex predator, crashing right out of the fucking water to snatch their prey right off the beach. Any other animal that size would get stuck there and die, but do you see that fucker? He fucking wriggles right back into the surf. An orca can get all the way up onto dry land and still manage to wiggle their way back into the water to fuck up more shit on another day. There is literally no other sea-dwelling creature of comparative size with that ability - most sea animals lack the muscular strength to move without enough water supporting their weight.
Orcas have also been known to eat moose. Yeah, that’s right. Fucking MOOSE.
You don’t fuck with orcas.

beanerschnitzel:

ponytailwhippingnacho:

christophool:

vorticity007:

supaslim:

Guys, let me tell you about orcas.

Orca whales are mean motherfuckers. They cruise the oceans with only two things in mind: one, having sex, and two, eating every poor fuck they find out there that’s smaller than them. They are such badass motherfuckers that even great white motherfucking sharks don’t dare fuck with them, which in my books, places them above the sperm whale as Biggest Badass of the Ocean. And why don’t sharks bother them, you may wonder? Because orcas fucking learned that if you flip a shark over they go into a sort of coma, so now they do it intentionally so they can eat the motherfucking sharks. Not only that, but orcas have also learned how to hunt sperm whales and motherfucking sea birds.

The orca whale lives in a matriarchal pod. Every pod has unique hunting methods and whatnot, which is passed down from parent to offspring- these scary fuckers have formed civilizations. And what do they do for fun, apart from hopping around on the water’s surface and grinning like crazy mofos? They hunt for fun, going so far as to tip over ice floes and beach themselves just for the thrill of killing.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Orca whales are too damn cute and smiley looking to be heartless predators of the sea. Well, let me counter-argue with this photo:

image

THOSE ARE NOT THE TEETH OF A CREATURE THAT WANTS TO BE YOUR FRIEND.

Reblogging for excellent commentary.

Why has nobody mentioned what’s happening in the original gif?

This is how orcas hunt - or, it’s one of the ways they do. They have a ton of tricks and techniques they use to fuck up everything below them on the food chain, and that gif portrays my personal favorite.

Orcas will literally BEACH THEMSELVES to grab unsuspecting seals (or whatever else happens to be splashing around in the surf) and snarf them down like hot dogs. Yeah, that’s right. This is a 6-ton apex predator, crashing right out of the fucking water to snatch their prey right off the beach. Any other animal that size would get stuck there and die, but do you see that fucker? He fucking wriggles right back into the surf. An orca can get all the way up onto dry land and still manage to wiggle their way back into the water to fuck up more shit on another day. There is literally no other sea-dwelling creature of comparative size with that ability - most sea animals lack the muscular strength to move without enough water supporting their weight.

Orcas have also been known to eat moose. Yeah, that’s right. Fucking MOOSE.

You don’t fuck with orcas.

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