Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Carding of the Wool

This is the video I took at the Houston District Royal Scottish Country Dance Society's Spring Fling last month. The dance is called "Carding of the Wool". Emma's partner is Nathan Harris.

Something about Scottish Country Dancing causes Emma to fall down. I think maybe she is up on her toes more than she is supposed to be. She falls often enough that Thomas Ladner told me, "We call it Emma Haught Syndrome." I saw her fall two or three times at the Spring Fling.

(Before watching, go to the bottom of the blog and pause the mixpod player.)


Raewyn said...

How fun! I absolutely love Scottish/Irish dancing...have you and Emma ever seen 'Riverdance'?

Mrs. Haught, I just wanted to say I love your blog and I spent an entire hour reading through your previous posts almost past Thanksgiving, I think! I am a seventeen year old homeschooled, orthodox Catholic girl who is still at homeI found you through Ms. Cay Gibson who is a dear family friend. We are part of STACH...am I amiss in thinking you used to live here in Southwest LA?

I also wanted to complement you on Emma: she is such a beautiful, sweet, talented, and old-fashioned (in a good way!) young lady. I love all of your posts about her, especially a recent one where you caught a glimpse of her through the world's eyes. There is absolutely nothing wrong with how she dresses or thinks. It is so refreshing to see a true old-fashioned girl (who also seems more at ease driving a wagon then a car)...don't ever let her become "modern"!

I feel so happy to have "discovered" a kindred spirit in her! I love that we seem to share so many interests. I'm afraid there are not many other 17 year old girls like that around here.

Wishing you blessings,
Grace Dalton

alann said...

Although I have never met you, you have me pondering the upbringing of my four children. I have 2 boys and 2 girls. I have always worried about them becoming more traditional. That they would grow up to be morally strong Catholic Christians, siblings, and future spouses and parents. I realize that we are leaving a lot to chance after seeing how much effort you put into your "bucking the system" and going back to a more simplified way of life. You think about the impact daily life will have on your children, right down to how your daughter dresses. She will always remember what you have taught her. She will not develop how she acts and looks based on what she saw at the mall or from the latest fashions offered at stores geared to make an 8 yr old look 18. Your children will not be just like all the other teens out there. They will be extraordinary. I know that what they ultimately chose to do with these skills is up to them, but you will have done your part 150%. I applaud you. I admire you! And I thank you for making me see that I can do more than just take them to church, pray and hope they will turn out okay. I can do a lot to supplement what everyday life is teaching them, and fight what society is displaying more than I thought. I just have to be willing to put in the effort & time, and thought. It's easy to be caught up in suburbia and feel overwhelmed and helpless. You make me see that I just have to adjust where I am willing to put my time. I hope that when you lay your head down at night, you have the peace of knowing you are doing the best you can do. I long for that instead of praying like crazy that I do better and manage my time more efficiently tomorrow. Thank you! May God continue to bless and guide your family.

p.s. I want a Fiona now! She sounds so funny and full of personality. I would love to look out the window and see my children chasing after a cow!

Wendy Haught said...

Dear Alann,

You are too kind! Knowing my many faults and shortcomings, I'm a little embarrassed by such lavish praise. I will offer it to God, who deserves the credit for the things I get right. (Also, I think he made Emma a little different at conception.)

I thank you sincerely, wish you all the best with raising your children, and hope that you will keep in touch.

May God bless you abundantly!

Mrs. Haught

Wendy Haught said...

Dear Grace,

I remember you! Weren't you and Emma in Little Flowers Girls' Club together? I know she liked talking to you about books. You both read a lot.

I'm so glad you enjoy my blog. Come visit sometime. Lake Charles is only 2 hours away. Be careful, though. You might get squirted with milk.

In Christ,

Mrs. Haught

John said...

If the floors are perhaps too slippery where Emma is dancing - hence the falling - she might try a pair of the James Senior ghillies with the composite soles. They really work well for me.

The second possible solution is the "Dow Corning 3140" solution. Those in this area who've used it find it works very well. In fact, the OC branch has a tube of the stuff that gets lent out to members when needed. The text of the document describing the process is too long for the comment box and I can't find your email address on the blog. If it's of interest, I'll see if I can locate the text on the web somewhere and send you the ink.



Wendy Haught said...

Hi, John!

I would like to say the floors are too slippery, but Emma is the only who is falling. I will look into different Ghillies. If you would like to send me e-mail, my address is wshaught@gmail.com

I hope you are dancing again by now.

Thanks for your help and God bless!

Wendy Haught said...


Emma just told me that she has tried different shoes (borrowed), and she still slipped.

John said...

Well, I sent along the links anyway. Perhaps they'll be of some use.