4.28.18 – Ballet recital

28 Apr

To my little book ballerina,

I teared up with pride watching you this weekend. Not because you looked beautiful in your outfit (which you did) or because of your dancing (which was great) but because of a few life lessons we both learned during the last three months of ballet class.

  1. Hard work is worth it. Every week, I watched you work hard to learn the moves for your performance. It was a challenge to get to class, get changed, and head right to preschool, but you did it without much complaint. It was a challenge for me to get three kids fed early, carry two toddlers up rickety stairs to the studio, and keep said toddlers entertained (and alive) during the transitions. But it was worth it to watch you have fun and see your excitement about the recital.
  2. Do it anyways. Sometimes there are parts of our “job” that we don’t like, but we do it anyway. You hated wearing tights to class each week, but it’s what your teacher asked of you. I explained the importance of doing it anyway. And I tried to lead by example to get us to class each week without complaint – even though the chore of getting us to and from was a challenge.
  3. Being a small part of something bigger can be just as magical. Your role in the performance was relatively small. You had to attend rehearsals that were boring for you at times, but you learned that it was important for everyone to practice as a group. And you watched in awe as you saw everything come together in the end.
  4. Facing small fears can lead to big things. You were very nervous about the Beast lifting you during the performance. You were a little afraid of his costume, and the first time he lifted you in rehearsal I could see you were very tense. But by the performance you leapt in the air with confidence, and I could see the pride on your face.

OK, and maybe I teared up a little at how grown up you looked. I am in awe of you, sweet girl. You did each part of the performance with a serious confidence and fearlessness that I know I did not have at your age. You took great pride in watching for your cues, performing your steps, and having your family there cheering you on. I pray that the night was everything you dreamed of and that these little lessons stay with you as you move on to other things. Whether this is the beginning of many recitals or your last one, I couldn’t be more proud of you and am always your number one fan (maybe tied with Daddy)!

And of course plenty of pictures to document the experience. 🙂

We also had Mom’s Night at preschool this week, which was just icing on the cake. 🙂

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