Perfect Moment Monday: We Get Up Again

August 10, 2009

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Here’s a perfect moment from my week. I hope you’ll share yours, too.

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It’s Saturday morning, 6 days since Roger came home from the hospital after The Ordeal.

Right after breakfast, Tessa and Reed are dancing to a mix CD I’d made for them years ago. They are hoe-downing with each other to Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping (“I get knocked down, but I get up again”). Their giggles are infectious, and Roger and I are only too happy to heed when they breathlessly command, “watch me!”

Segue to the next song. Tessa, with her winsome ways, says, “Dance with me, Daddy!”

As much as his broken ribs will let him, Roger Splish Splashes with his daughter, spinning and twirling her carefully while Reed and I cheer them on. The four of us are thrilled to be together on this sun-splashed morning, a day of promise and togetherness.

It’s joyous and my heart sings.

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To see Tessa with her Aunt Sheri on the Utah vacation, click here.

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battynurse April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Aww. What a sweet moment. I can just picture it in my mind.

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Baby Smiling In Back Seat April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

A mix CD? You’re right, that must be from years ago.

That Tessa is a hard girl to refuse.

Hooray Roger!

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Sheri April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

What a beautiful scene. I’m so glad Roger is dancing, despite his broken ribs. Perfect!

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May April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Ouch. Go Roger!! I broke a rib snowboarding a few Christmases ago (the same trip where I purchased my snowboarding helmet, thanksverymuch) and I was absolutely useless afterwards. Breathing was about all I could handle, and that only with much whining.

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RobinJP April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Ouch! I broke my ribs, or more likely one rib in two places, when I fell on a desert trail during a cross country run last summer.
It’s the laughing, sneezing, having a good time after you forget about your ribs that hurts.
But dancing… so glad he is dancing.
Glad you’ve got him home safe and sound.

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battynurse April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Aww. What a sweet moment. I can just picture it in my mind.

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Baby Smiling In Back Seat April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

A mix CD? You’re right, that must be from years ago.

That Tessa is a hard girl to refuse.

Hooray Roger!

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Sheri April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

What a beautiful scene. I’m so glad Roger is dancing, despite his broken ribs. Perfect!

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May April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Ouch. Go Roger!! I broke a rib snowboarding a few Christmases ago (the same trip where I purchased my snowboarding helmet, thanksverymuch) and I was absolutely useless afterwards. Breathing was about all I could handle, and that only with much whining.

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RobinJP April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Ouch! I broke my ribs, or more likely one rib in two places, when I fell on a desert trail during a cross country run last summer.
It’s the laughing, sneezing, having a good time after you forget about your ribs that hurts.
But dancing… so glad he is dancing.
Glad you’ve got him home safe and sound.

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loribeth April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

You have my heart singing, just thinking about it. : )

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My name is Andy. April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

I’m so glad he’s home and doing well! how did I miss that update?

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Furrow April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Oh, wow. If there is anything that can speed healing, it’s got to be that scene. As long as Roger doesn’t rebreak ribs from laughing and smiling. And dancing, of course.

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kate April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

How very sweet! I love the image of dancing as much as his broken rib allows!

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WiseGuy April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Amazing scene…a rethinking of gifts old and new…and TUBTHUMPING…I love that track.

The louder it is played, the better!

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Brenna April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Awww. Sweet, sweet man to dance with his kiddos in the midst of what has to be a fair amount of pain! I’m glad he’s home and that you get to share these perfect moments together.

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Melissa April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Oh Lori, that gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes! I understand the whole rib thing firsthand and think that Robger (still trying to transition to his real name..) is a wonderful daddy and husband.

A Perfectly Perfect Moment!! :o)

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loribeth April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

You have my heart singing, just thinking about it. : )

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My name is Andy. April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

I’m so glad he’s home and doing well! how did I miss that update?

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Furrow April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Oh, wow. If there is anything that can speed healing, it’s got to be that scene. As long as Roger doesn’t rebreak ribs from laughing and smiling. And dancing, of course.

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kate April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

How very sweet! I love the image of dancing as much as his broken rib allows!

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WiseGuy April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Amazing scene…a rethinking of gifts old and new…and TUBTHUMPING…I love that track.

The louder it is played, the better!

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Brenna April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Awww. Sweet, sweet man to dance with his kiddos in the midst of what has to be a fair amount of pain! I’m glad he’s home and that you get to share these perfect moments together.

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Melissa April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Oh Lori, that gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes! I understand the whole rib thing firsthand and think that Robger (still trying to transition to his real name..) is a wonderful daddy and husband.

A Perfectly Perfect Moment!! :o)

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Sandy April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

What a wonderful moment. I know there is still a lot of pain, but it must be so nice to be back on the road to normalcy.

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LJ April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Yup, that’s pretty damned perfect. How is the big guy feeling?

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Aunt Becky April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Perfectly put.

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PFM April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

That sounds wonderful.

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Sunny April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

What a sweet moment. Appreciating the gift that all of you are together, dancing.

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Phoebe April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

I’m glad to hear Roger is up for dancing now, even if it’s gingerly done.

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Kristin April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

What a wonderful, fabulous, incredible moment.

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becomingwhole April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Love Melissa’s name–Robger! Perfect!

I love this moment! So happy for your whole family. Reading this gave me chills and made my day.

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Sandy April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

What a wonderful moment. I know there is still a lot of pain, but it must be so nice to be back on the road to normalcy.

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LJ April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Yup, that’s pretty damned perfect. How is the big guy feeling?

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Aunt Becky April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Perfectly put.

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PFM April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

That sounds wonderful.

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Sunny April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

What a sweet moment. Appreciating the gift that all of you are together, dancing.

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Phoebe April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

I’m glad to hear Roger is up for dancing now, even if it’s gingerly done.

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Kristin April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

What a wonderful, fabulous, incredible moment.

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becomingwhole April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Love Melissa’s name–Robger! Perfect!

I love this moment! So happy for your whole family. Reading this gave me chills and made my day.

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Jamie April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

What a wonderful moment . . . it makes my heart swell to picture you watching your family dancing – despite injuries!!

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chicklet April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Rob’s a keeper – a guy who dances with broken ribs – awesome:-)

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Jamie April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

What a wonderful moment . . . it makes my heart swell to picture you watching your family dancing – despite injuries!!

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chicklet April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Rob’s a keeper – a guy who dances with broken ribs – awesome:-)

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Kami April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Ahhh . . . what a wonderful, wonderful time. It makes me look forward to when LB – and hopefully a sibling – are a bit older.

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Kami April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Ahhh . . . what a wonderful, wonderful time. It makes me look forward to when LB – and hopefully a sibling – are a bit older.

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MrsSpock April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Perfect after a rough couple of weeks!

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MrsSpock April 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

Perfect after a rough couple of weeks!

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