Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dorothy Hamill


I am not one easily to anger and am someone quick to forgive, but I must confess there is one grudge I have held against my husband all the years I have known him. Dorothy Hamill is the reason for this grudge.


Dorothy Hamill meant the world to me. She was the reason my parents spent countless dollars and endless hours in support of my love of ice skating. Figures in the stillness of pre-dawn hours, lessons for jumps and spins, practice for perfection long after the sun had set. Olympic glory for one young girl, a person to emulate for another.


Wedged hair and over-sized glasses, white mittens and boots to match. The fastest skater, the highest jumper, I strove to skate like Dorothy. The freedom of movement gliding across the ice to beautiful music let others observe a confidence I couldn't see in myself.


It was this revealed confidence that one special hockey player saw in me, planting the seeds for True Love to bloom. That love found me on the ice I owe to Dorothy Hamil and for sheltered immaturity, I owe to her as well.


Hours dedicated to skating didn't allow for time with peers. Overly sensitive to words not understood or looks that seemed disapproving made navigating First Love so difficult for me. Break-ups and make-ups seemed to fill my days.


How could my heart possibly forgive my boyfriend for taking another to watch Dorothy Hamill on ice during one of our break-ups. She meant everything to me.


In the days leading up to my surgery, I distracted myself by reading a memoir penned by Dorothy Hamill, "A Skater's Life". I was so surprised to learn that she too found relief from crippling shyness through the freedom of movement on ice, but as well found her heart isolated from maturity.  There is so much about our life's stories that are the same.


When the time came to be released from the hospital, I refused the nurses help to dress but found I couldn't put on my own shoes. I motioned my husband close and whispered in his ear, "Will you help me with my shoes?" As he kneeled on the floor before me, his hair now silver with age, the knowledge that he knows of my confidence not always seen by others, washed over my heart and forever erased my one and only grudge. Dorothy Hamill, you remain my hero!


                     ELIZABETH ANDRUS 112 GIBRALTAR CT DELAWARE OH 43015
                                                   elizabeth.andrus55@yahoo.com





66 comments:

Debby said...

So glad to hear you are home and healing. Bending will happen later.I had been wondering how you were. Hope you get hour sea legs soon. Hugs

E said...

First of all Welcome back ! Hope all went well and you are feeling great been thinking of you !! I'd love the bluebird if not taken

Scrap for Joy said...

Can it possibly be that I am first to comment. I would love "E's Bluebird.....I've always loved it!
I am so glad to see you blogging again and I hope they gave you meds for the vertigo. it's a terrible feeling. Rest your eyes and don't try to read too much. (Although I'm so happy you visited me)
Take good care and enjoy the spring which has finally come!
xoxo
Joyce
(Let me know the shipping costs, too. I have your address)

Trudy Moye said...

I need the pull duck. I will send you a check ASAP.
Thanks, Trudy Moye

Trudy Moye said...

I also would like the stork planter. I will send you a check for it and the pull duck. Thanks, Trudy Moye

craftyles said...

Elizabeth, So glad you are home and done with the surgery. I hope they can give you something for the vertigo. Your knee will bend -it just takes time so be patient. Love the DH story.

Sandy McClay said...

Oh E,

I loved to watch Dorothy also! I skated as a youth for years, outdoor covered rink in Ohio.... I see a brand new character, the pony!!! So cute! I will look forward to my box....and you need to rest and get better! Remember, you have to do the PT when they say....:) Hugs, Sandy

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

I'm suffering from vertigo right now, too! So unsettling!

I've been thinking of you and praying! ♥

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Welcome back Elizabeth!! Glad to hear your surgery went well, I hope you start feeling better too! All of your creations are so sweet!! I wish you had another pull duck, I see someone has already claimed him, he's just too cute for words! :) I think I need the "(Paper dolls and Ponies $12.00 set)" :) I'll send a check out in the mail to you!! :) xo Holly

Lorraine said...

Elizabeth, glad to hear you're on the mend. Hope the vertigo passes quickly.

If you still have one, I would love a bluebird trinket box. I say this as I am watching our school bluebirds fight for their nesting box with the tree swallows and wrens. Hopefully they will not be deterred and will be able to raise some new little blues!

Sarah said...

Oh my daughter would love the Paper dolls and Ponies set, she has some of your little girls from ages ago and has always wished for a cowgirl!!

Sarah said...

Ah, I missed that it was snapped up! Sorry!! And hope you feel better soon! ^_^

Musings from Kim K. said...

So good to see you blogging again. I hope the vertigo passes quickly.

PS. I idolized Dorothy and even owned the Dorothy H. barbie doll the year she went to the Olympics. I skated every second I could growing up, which is why I was so thrilled to have an ice rink this winter in our backyard. Continued blessings, dear Elizabeth!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'm glad to see a post from you Elizabeth! I was wondering how you were doing after your surgery. Your creations are wonderful. The only memory I have of Dorothy Hammill when I was growing up was wanting that haircut! Of course, never realzing that my hair texture really wouldn't look the same with that cut!

Valarie said...

Love your stories..I would love the duck planter...I collect baby planters. xxoo Valarie
valariesuekraft@gmail.com

chris mckinley said...

So glad to see you are on the mend!! Dorothy H.....so much fun to watch! Warmly chris

Jenn B said...

I would like the rodeo pals Elizabeth. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Jenn B said...

sorry forgot to leave an email.
froggie.22@juno.com

Carmen said...

Hi Elizabeth, I'm so glad you are back I miss you. Hope you are feeling better. Love the story. I would like to purchase the "Happy Return Cowboy". xoxo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's wonderful hear from you and you know we all love your creations. I'm sure everything is gone by now but if you ever make another little cowgirl Pegdoll....will you put my name on her? I am crazy about cowgirls right now! Take care of yourself my friend! Sweet hugs!

vintage grey said...

So glad to hear you are home and will be keeping your healing in my prayers!! Your creations are the sweetest! Have a lovely and restful week! xo Heather

pam said...

Glad you are doing well. I had the Dorothy Hamill haircut for quite a few of my younger years ;) I love your last little cowboy riding on the plastic horse - he is too cute. I love that he seems to have a little movement by the turn of his head and the way he is holding his lasso...very adorable. I'm plundering my way through my treasure trove for the swap. It is so much fun...but I should be doing my taxes - eek!

Dinah S said...

Are you doing a giveaway for the state fair couple? If so could you enter my name? I think they are the cutest. Or if they are for sale I would love to buy them.
Thanks Dinah fredndinah@gmail.com

Kim Covell-Campbell said...

You can enter my name in for the State Fair couple! I also sent you an e-mail.

I have vertigo. It's so horrible. I have to sleep a certain way so I don't go into a spin. Get well soon!!!

Pieceful Bits said...

Glad you're back to posting! Hope all is well with recovery! Your cowgirl horse is adorable!!!!
Speedy Recovery...hugs

Rosabel said...

Felicidades, unas cosas muy bonitas.
Saludos

Diane Mars said...

Where are you????

Nook and Cranny said...

Are you ok. Miss you here.

Betty said...

I just wanted you to know that when you post but then delete, some of us who use blogger dashboard get about a paragraph of the post that was deleted.
I thought you should know.
keep calm and blog on

Angela said...

Hi Elizabeth! I didn't know you were getting surgery and hope you are healing up quickly and being spoiled by your hubby :)
I also love Dorothy. I never was an ice skater but I am a big fan - I even had a Dorothy wedge cut as a little girl and it was super cute with my dance outfits. My cousin was in the Ice Capades so she's met lots of famous skaters which was thrilling for me. Bet you love the winter Olympics as much as I do. God bless and big hugs to you!

Carmen said...

Hi Elizabeth, What are you? I hope that you are feeling better and I just want to say I wish you a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY. Love Carmen enjoy your day. xoxo

sewa mobil said...

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

LOISEAU MICHELLE said...

Hello, my name is Michelle and I use(get) an English French translator to write you, I thus hope that my message will be understandable. I liked very much going on your site, for some time I do not any more manage to read your blog and I am sorry about it. Closed you this blog? I hope that your health problems improves I wishes you a good day Michelle

Shelia said...

Hi Elizabeth! I'm just popping in to check on you and hope you're feeling better from your surgery and to wish you a belated Happy Mother's Day!
Take care and I'll be waiting for your new post!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rustique Gal said...

What a sweet story, and of course it's a true one, which is even better! Glad to hear your surgery went well. Take care and keep on skating (when you can!)
Hugs,
Sherry

kitty said...

What a sweet story with adorable pictures! It sounds like you have a dear, loving hubby. I hope all is week after your surgery.

Erica said...

I was all set to read 2 new blog posts from you this morning, but they're gone! They looked so sweet. Now I'm missing them :(

Terra said...

This is a beautiful account of you, Dorothy Hamill, your dear hubby and your recovery.

Pieceful Bits said...

Hi E...hope you are well. I've been checking on you periodically.
Hugs,Julie

Laura Adams said...

Hello Elizabeth...
I hope you are doing well. I really miss you and yur cute little creations. I've been pretty busy this summer with little Tommy and just trying to get organized so I can spend more time doing crafts without making such a big mess...I hope to have a room dedicated to just sewing and crafting one day.... I hope to see a new post from you soon my friend.
((HUGS))
Laura

The Custards said...

Just calling in to check that all is well with yourself and your family.
I hope that you are busy making creative and pretty things
Best wishes
Jenny

Maria said...

Hi Elizabeth, hoping you and yours are well. Miss your lovely creations and posts that let us in on your inspirations. Come back soon!
Maria in NY

mytimestitching said...

I love your crafting! The bluebird all ready for winter is just darling. I see that you recently had knee surgery. I hope that all is going well and that you are healing wonderfully.

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Hello, Elizabeth! Missing your fun stories and sweet creations. I hope you are doing well. Big hugs,
Michelle

Val said...

'Am thinking of you, Elizabeth, and hoping you and yours are doing well. Happy Thanksgiving if we don't see a post from you to comment on before then. :)

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

Hi Elizabeth, Hope your are doing well and hope your knee is healing up nicely. OH, I miss your blogging, You are MISSED!!
Hugs,
Dorothy

Voyance gratuite said...

I found your site very nice and distinguished too. Thank you for your good work and continue .

Denise said...

Please come back. We all miss You

Ina said...

miss you and your beautiful stories! i hope you have a lovely holiday with your loved ones. :)

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Hello dear Elizabeth! I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. I miss you but want you to do what's best for you! ♥

Pieceful Bits said...

Hi E,

Hope this finds you well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I still check on you often.
Hope to see you soon.

Hugs,
Julie

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

Hello, found you via Pinterest. Your blog is lovely but I can't find the follow gadget. I will be back. You are very talented and you blog is beautiful. Hugs, Beverly

Desi said...

Elizabeth, I miss your posts!!
This is one of my most favorite blogs ever, if not my absolute favorite!!
Desi

Pothys said...


Your blog is very interesting and it contains very importtant facts silks saree

Janet's Creations said...

Dear Elizabeth, I hope you are well and enjoying the holidays!
Janet

bay window valance said...

Wow such a beautiful creations, these inspired my day.

Diane Mars said...

Dear Friend, I sure do miss you I hope all is well with you and yours. And I keep the faith that one day you will return to your internet friends~ Happy New Year sweetie. ox, Diane

Jane Valentine said...

Dear Elizabeth,
I hope that you are well. Missing your creative touch.

BethBoothe said...

LOVE your blog!!!!!!
Sorry you are not writing lately.
I pray all is well with you and your family!

BethBoothe said...

LOVE your blog!!!!!!
Sorry you are not writing lately.
I pray all is well with you and your family!

E said...

Oh Elizabeth how you are missed :) Hope you and your family are well. I noticed on this post that I won your bluebird; he sits in a special spot where I enjoy him every day!! I hope to "see" you back in blogland soon XOXO Elaine

The Custards said...

Just calling in to see if all is well
Wishing your health and happiness from across the ocean
Best wishes
Jenny

Libiya jhon said...

I like what you guys are up too. Such clever work and reporting!Best Cardsharing Server Carry on the superb works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my web site

Shelia said...

Elizabeth, I just wanted you to know I miss you and your wonderful posts. Your talent. I hope all is well with you and soon we'll see another post from you.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cheryl said...

I FOUND HER ON FACEBOOK!

https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.andrus.90

voyance par mail gratuite said...

This is a good post. This post gives truly quality information. I’m definitely going to look into it. Really very useful tips are provided here. Thank you so much. Keep up the good works