I’ll explain myself with two pictures.
The first was taken in the first week of May, 2008. My daughter Zoe and I went to see a Japanese Children’s Dance Troupe at the Smithsonian. During the show I asked Zoe if she wanted to join the troupe. After the show we tracked down one of the leaders and inquired about how to join. My got contact information and were told when the next season started. We also snapped the picture at left of Zoe and one of the dancers.
Flash forward 7 months, we join the dance troupe to the 2009 season. During the first rehearsal, a mother of one of the other dancers asked me how we got involved. I relay the story of seeing them at the Smithsonian. The mother chuckles, “People tell us all the time that they want to join, you’re the first person who ever has.” Over the next four months, Zoe learns the dances. We film the weekly practices and Zoe spends the week at home by watching the footage of the older girls, mimicking their moves. The troupe is age 4-17, with some dances being for the older girls and some the younger. At 7, Zoe performs the younger girl dances. However, she really wants to perform one of the fast paced older girls dances, so she practices every day and by the opening of the season she earns her way into the line up. Another mother comments to me that Zoe’s determination impresses her. During the season, the other parents teach me how to properly dress my daughter in a kimono. The 30-60 minute process is highly detail oriented, but doing it properly is the only way to go.
Zoe goes on to perform the entire season with the troupe. At one of the final shows, almost a year to the day after the first picture, I snap this shot of the same two girls.
This is what I’m about. I see something I want to be a part of, I apply myself to learning what it takes to succeed, and I pass that value on to others. This is my vision for my life, my family, and my law practice.