A Program for my Dad

by mary on July 30, 2013

Mary with rose

I skated this program Friday in memory of my dad, who passed away this spring. Thank you coach Lisa for listening to my idea of skating with a rose and choreographing something so appropriate. I love this piece, Patrick O’Hearn’s “Beyond This Moment,” but previously considered it much too sad to skate to. For this program, though, it felt just right, and it’s been helpful for me to get to skate to this music. I don’t feel done with this program and am missing skating it already. It let me feel almost like I was spending time with my dad, or at least with my feelings for him.

Coach Lisa says this program will be one that I won’t forget, one that will stay in my repertoire for life, and I think she’s right. I will skate it again, maybe for my dad’s birthday. I miss you, Dad.

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Jules July 31, 2013 at 11:11 am

A beautiful programme, I’m sorry to hear of your loss but your Dad would be so proud. Beautiful skating.
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mary mary August 1, 2013 at 1:59 am

Thank you Jules.

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Rosie August 1, 2013 at 1:39 am

Mary,

This was beautiful, what a touching tribute to your special father.
Hugs,
Rosie

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mary mary August 1, 2013 at 2:03 am

Thanks, Rosie, I appreciate that, it’s been a good thing for me these last few months to spend the time listening to this music and skating this program with the rose, kind of feels like I’m spending time with him.

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Patricia August 1, 2013 at 3:15 am

I wept. Very beautiful tribute.

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mary mary August 1, 2013 at 3:16 am

Thanks, Patricia, that means a lot to me.

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Kalie August 1, 2013 at 5:25 am

Good job!! Awesome and beautiful. And thanks again for that time you skated with my rose for my grandpa :) So meaningful and special.

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mary mary August 1, 2013 at 5:28 am

Thanks, Kalie, it was my pleasure to skate this program for your grandpa. I liked how you had the rose tied with a purple ribbon, it looked very nice.

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Sarah August 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Mary, that program was beautiful and touching. I was mesmerized. I remember when you [re-]started skating…this was so professional, so smooth, so evocative…wow!
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mary mary August 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Thanks, Sarah!

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Eva from Eva Bakes August 2, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Beautifully skated, Mary. I love the idea of skating with a rose to remember your dad. What a lovely tribute to him!
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mary mary August 4, 2013 at 3:50 am

Thank you, Eva.

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Michelle August 3, 2013 at 12:02 am

So lovely. A beautiful tribute.
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mary mary August 4, 2013 at 3:50 am

Thanks, Michelle.

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yummychunklet August 4, 2013 at 2:22 am

Great video! And lovely tribute.
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mary mary August 4, 2013 at 3:51 am

Thanks, I’m glad you liked it.

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Brittany August 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

This video gave me chills, how amazingly beautiful. Everything is so smooth.

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mary mary August 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Thank you Brittany, I worked hard on improving the the flow of this program (the speed and the smoothness of transitions).

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