Ricki Lake may not have won the coveted mirror-ball trophy on Dancing With the Stars this season, but she came away with something far more important: a newfound self-respect that she wants to pass on to her sons.
In an exclusive blog post for iVillage, Ricki says she’s “still nursing bruised ribs, sore feet, black-and-blue marks and neck/shoulder injuries” following her journey on the dance competition, where she made it to the finals. The silver lining? My body is in fantastic shape, and I feel like I really accomplished something.”
She kept DVDs of each show to watch in years to come as a reminder of the “blood, sweat and tears (sometimes literally”) she shed learning and performing sambas, rumbas and tangos.
But through it all, Ricki endured something more challenging than the paso doble – being away from her family.
Working on her dancing for three months took a lot of time away from her two sons, 14-year-old Milo and 10-year-old Owen, as well as fiance Christian Evans, whom she plans to marry next year. She frantically squeezed homework assignments and one-on-one sessions with her boys in between rehearsals.
“As all moms know, we are constantly being pulled by the demands of our careers and our families,” Ricki says. “We want both, and we want to do both well.”
But she praises her family’s patience, and seeing them cheering her on from their seats in the DWTS audience kept her spirits up as she progressed through the preliminary rounds. “I am always proud of them, but I realize it is just as important that they be proud of me,” she writes. “I hope I inspired them to try new things and leave their comfort zones.” Having adding dancing to her long list of accomplishments, she concludes that “Mom is the job I want to do best.”
Hmm. Considering Ricki first made her name as a young dance sensation in the original John Waters Hairspray film, we have a feeling the dance floor isn’t done with her yet.
[Photo: Pacific Coast News]