There is just nothing long, blonde and flowing about my hair. It’s ultra-short, brillo-like in texture, and has earned the award of ‘thickest dark hair ever’ from my veteran stylist of 20 years. There were days in Megan’s cancer care that a hospice nurse would come to our home on emergency call in the wee hours of the morning and as I cracked open the front door in my pink fuzzy robe I would be greeted with, “Wow, you’re hair looks so good!” The truth is my hair is completely unmovable, even in crisis, and I wake up most mornings with every strand in the exact same position as the night before. My daily hair-do gives new meaning to the word motionless.
I did have a tinge of jealousy as I watched last week’s episode of The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders – Making the Team. Brooke Sorenson, four-year veteran of the team, moved to the forefront of the CMT camera lens as her hair-that-I-wished-I-always-had blew in the wind. That alone was Texas beauty at its finest, then add the bonus of Ms. Sorenson swinging her goldilocks over her shoulder with powerful confidence.
Clearly, I won’t be livin’ the I Wish I Was Born a Blonde dream in this lifetime. In spite of that disappointment, last week’s Making the Team got me a front row seat to watch Amanda Roberts, 44-year-old super fan of the Dallas Cowboys, fulfill her dream. Selected as one of four finalists on the Good Morning America – Living the Dream contest, Amanda’s desire was to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
Kelli Finglass, Director of the DCC, granted her wish. The coach pulled up, and Amanda stepped out in her #81 Cowboys shirt and into the world she had only imagined since her twirler days from twenty (plus) years past.
What I loved about the Good Morning America contest is that the parameters were not limited to those in extreme personal or medical crisis, nor to those with but days to live. The contest was wide-open to any human-being who told a compelling story about a life-dream ‘just because.’
God Himself knows how grateful I am to those who made my daughter’s dreams come true, starting with Joseph Essaghian, President of Belldini clothing, who flew in from California for my girl’s one year remission party to present her with the entire 2005 fall line of Belldini sweaters. Or how about Nebraska Cancer Specialists, who moved Heaven and Earth to secure Megan a meeting with Justin Timberlake during his 2007 Omaha concert? There were thousands of screaming fans, and only one wish was granted…and that was to my beloved girl.
Therefore, from my heart, my hope is that every human-being that faces cancer, chronic illness, and their own mortality can be given Dream List moments to make their difficult lives divine, if only for a day.
But I also do love seeing the extraordinary touchdown in ordinary lives. Amanda Roberts is not a middle-aged Cowgirl trying out for the team because of some mid-life crisis. She’s just a big fan with a big dream. Amanda inherited her Texas-sized enthusiasm from her mother. The tradition continued when she married into the faith and said “I do” to husband and Cowboys fanatic Kevin Roberts. I gotta say, joy flooded my heart as I saw Ms. Roberts, an ordinary woman I’ve never met, step onto Cowboys Stadium field to learn a DCC routine along with seasoned veterans. Amanda Roberts rocked it in rhythm and motion. I dare to say that she makes a case for a new Diva division of the DCC. She owned that moment, and her enthusiasm for The Cowboys was contagious.
Since all things Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are done with exacting excellence, moments before Amanda’s dance routine at Valley Ranch, Fairy Godmother Kelli Finglass presented her with an official pair of DCC boots. I almost missed the storybook moment. But at midnight on Saturday night, I phoned BFF Janet, we cued up our TiVo’s and slowly replayed the split-second where Ms. Finglass (who said this wish would only be granted once) bequeathed the official DCC boots to Amanda.
Sweet Jesus…no boots for me and Janet? We are the evil step-sisters.
Cinderella knew that one shoe can change your life. And thanks to the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Amanda Roberts has a pair of boots that changed hers.
- Just because it’s not your dream, you can still be happy for others as they fulfill their dream. It’s the beauty of humanity.
- Think your dream is silly? It is God’s good pleasure to give us the desire of our heart. (Psalm 37:4)
- There are many foundations that make dreams come true for children with cancer or chronic illness. They include:
- An organization that makes dreams come true for adults with life threatening illnesses is:
On A Lighter Note:
- The original Grimms version of Cinderella does not name the evil step-sisters (21st century version would be Val and Janet).
- The first show I ever saw on color television was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1965), starring Leslie Ann Warren. I am obsessed with Cinderella to this day.
- Janet wants everyone to know that if there is one more pair of boots to be given out, we would share. (I said nothing about sharing.)
- Janet is a size 7-1/2. I’m a size 8-1/2. Janet said I’d have to squeeze into her size. I told her she’d have to stuff paper in the toes to fit into my size.