1,000 Words: Awkward Stage

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Sierra thinks this was her "awkward stage" but I don't remember it that way at all.  I only remember the beautiful, prepubescent, "tween" that was growing up way too fast.  Now that she's grown up, she has to admit that "awkward" looked pretty good on her.  Those braces had already formed that big, beautiful smile that everyone loves.  And look at that skin!  What I wouldn't give to have that flawless complexion. This photograph was taken immediately following a performance of The Nutcracker in 2000.  Judging by the hairpiece, she had danced in flower corps that particular year.  Sierra was 11 years old and Leroy was a young, proud father at only 33.