26 Apr We are family. I’ve got all my family with me.
Before we get into Days Two/Three of our TulaRoo Tour, we just want to share how blessed we are to have such a joyful, resilient son like Aemon Koa. He is been such a trooper traveling in the car and sleeping in a different city every night. He is our light, and he is our joy. He is the reason we wake up motivated to work each day, and he is the reason we are able to feel love fully again in our hearts. Thank you, dearest angel, for the gifts that you have given us and everyone around you since you were born. We love you!
Day Two began with a 90-min drive up to Irvine for Stop #2 of the Tour. We’ve done classes here before so we weren’t surprised to seeing some familiar faces, including Fumi Tsuji, one of our trained GroovaRoo teachers who is moving back to Nagasaki, Japan this week. (Yes, GroovaRoo Dance will finally be in Japan.) But we surprised to meet so many new faces, including a mama who had never worn a baby carrier before (Amber hooked her up and now she’s a ‘believer’), and a beautiful pregnant mama who rolled her booty and her 7-month baby bump with ease. It took a little time to get everyone connected with each other, but by the time we got to singing and dancing to Sister Sledge’s “We are Family”, we were family.
At the end of every GroovaRoo class, we make it a point to sing to each other and our babies as we do the cooldown dance/stretches. We think it’s important to sing together to feel more connected to each other as a tribe. Singing our own GroovaRoo dad-inclusive version of the song, “We are family, I’ve got all my family with me.”, has been very healing for Meeshi, as he often feels left out and excluded from the mom-centric parenting culture. Dads want to feel part of the parenting tribe, too, and we need to make it a point to include more men, other than daddy, in the lives of our little ones. “It takes a village to raise a family”, so let’s make sure this village includes more conscious, caring and responsive men to male role models for our precious baby boys.
Next Stop: Santa Cruz, CA…Meeshi’s old stomping grounds. Can’t wait to back in the Redwoods!