The Lady Who Danced On The Internet

Back in 2011, I made my daily pilgrimage to Eden Riley’s blog and found this.

The little travellers (who were much more little) heard the music and asked to see what I was looking at. Eden became “the lady who danced on the internet”. They made their own video and I sent it off to Eden.

Over the years the lady who danced on the internet has featured in many of our conversations.

“Are you going to see the lady who danced on the internet when you go to Problogger?”

“Why are you crying Mum?”

“Oh I’m just reading something the lady who danced on the internet wrote.”

When I told the little travellers that the lady who danced on the internet was having a lip-synching competition they asked why. “Because she’s had a really tough year, her brother died because he was so sad. Maybe it’s her way of honouring him or maybe she’s just celebrating the ridiculous to try and get through the sadness.”

As we got ready for school later that week we saw Aunty Bianca join in. “See, Aunty Bianca is celebrating the ridiculous”.

And then, today, after a trip to the store for 4 red wigs and 4 pairs of black glasses  – they made this. THEY made this. I had nothing to do with it. Halfway through the first little traveller asked if I’d join in, “C’mon Mum, you should be in it. You could just walk through the clip and start dancing.” I am officially the worst actress on the planet (with the greasiest hair, no make-up and Friday afternoon sloth clothes).

And so, Eden. The lady who danced on the internet. I bring to you Qatar’s worst lip-synchers with the best of intentions “The Edens” The quality of film might not be fabulous (they filmed it on their own devices), but the content, oh the content, my four little Edens.


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  1. I can hardly ….. ANYTHING. I just laughed, cried, sad cried, happy cried, overwhelmed, HONOURED – EVERYTHING.

    Firstly, do you realise what kind of a parent you are, allowing your childen to be so free like that? They are SO FREE. You are NAILING this mothering business, Kirsty.

    I am just so honoured to be immortalised forever in the shape of four beautiful little humans in Qatar. Completely blown away. The lip synch entries have been steadily coming and I have only seen about half of them so far, so emotional has the sat few weeks been I’m a bit behind.

    My brother leaving has left me with a hole that will never be filled. You tell your four babies to talk and talk and talk .. about how they feel, what they think. And just love – it already looks like you have that in the bucketloads over there.

    I was particularly impressed with the cool-landing couch somersaults and when I just suddenly twigged the guitar strummer I laughed SO HARD.

    I adore all of you guys. Tell them they made my night … it’s coming up to midnight here and they made going to sleep a little bit easier, just for tonight. Thank you. A million thank yous. Cant wait to show the official judge, Max.

    Good night, Edens. Love Eden, the Lady Who Danced On The Internet. xxxxx

  2. Absolutely awesome. Love you xx

  3. brilliant :-*

  4. That was awesome. Highlights are their randomness and enthusiasm. Your kids are awesome.

  5. Incredibly sweet, thoughtful and genuine. I love the way you are raising these young ‘uns, Kirsty. Their empathy fuels goodness on every continent.

  6. louisebassett says

    God this is wonderful. I waited til this morning so I could turn it up. Glad I did. You are all amazing xo

  7. A million times LOVE!!!!!!!!!

  8. Glorious family! You guys are all wonderful. xx

  9. Wow Kirsty. Just had a little cry! No words needed. X

  10. So so gorgeous and funny and such a treat to go back in time as well and see you and G cameoing at the end of their first version. Those wigs are tremendous, I particularly like the Cousin It approach to it all, and the mullets and the wild enthusiasm for life and your cameo and it goes on! Excellent, excellent, most excellent! Thank you!

  11. Annie Reuss says

    Kirsty Rice that is the best thing on the internet. Your 4 beautiful little souls have won the internet forever. I am crying and laughing. That was amazing. Amazing because they did it for “the lady who danced on the internet” because they care about her. That my friend is fricking amazing … they are amazing and you are the most amazing parent ever. My heart is bursting with happy sads because you have such awesomely spirited children. And the kiss they blew to “the lady who danced on the internet” at the end … beautiful.

  12. Your kiddos ROCK! x

  13. TravellingB says

    Amazing. I so agree with Eden, you guys are brilliant parents, they are wonderful kids. Fabulous

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