“‘Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.'” This Thomas Jefferson quote was the last line of the speech Emilie gave at her rehearsal (and I presume her Bat Mitzvah). I’ve never heard anyone near her age deliver a speech the way she did; with such confidence, poise and sincerity. And the content was moving. I photographed the beginning of her speech, but somewhere between the beginning and the middle I found myself staring out the windows contemplating whether I was giving everything in life my all, while simultaneously soaking in her words. I just stood there thinking about all the things I’ve been meaning to do, or dreamt of doing, but never pursued because of my self-imposed limitations. When the speech was over, I continued to stare out the window for a few more seconds because I wasn’t ready to stop my self-assesment. This young lady inspired me within the first five minutes of meeting her. I have a feeling she does that often. I was also impressed with her level of humility when she received praise for her performances. Confidence and humility rarely come in tandem, but this combination in a person makes for the best kind of company.
But Emilie knew how to have fun too! Her party at Landerhaven was a blast. Rock the House did such an incredible job of entertaining everybody, young and old. Emilie’s family and friends danced and celebrated until the very end.