Monday, May 21, 2012
What a weekend. It was the dance recital weekend. Dress rehearsal was all day Saturday and the recital was from 12:30 to about 8:30 yesterday (two recitals, but Faith danced in both). It was exhausting and I didn't dance a step. I did, however, stay with Faith all day Saturday, watched the first recital with my mom yesterday, and then played backstage parent yesterday afternoon (ie babysat the girls while they waited for their dance, hunted for lost shoes, bows, tights, etc.). I truly had no idea how much work was involved in such an event.
It was a beautiful recital, however. Faith takes lessons from a Leap of Faith studio and the entire recital, every song, every dance, was a dance for God. I have been to other dance recitals, and they are nice, but this recital was so very different because it was all for God. Words cannot express how moving it is to see these beautiful little souls -- hundreds of them -- dance for Our Lord. Each dance has meaning because it is scripture based and the music reflects the theme. I could go on and on...but, I won't.
I will show you picture of my pretty dancer, however. She did such a good job. I admit I had little confidence because she is such a goofball at home, and this was her first year dancing. She is not very graceful in her day to day movements; she really acts more like a boy. But she did a beautiful job in her dance and she was so graceful. She got every single move right and didn't miss one step. I was so proud.
And because the song she danced to was this one, I blubbered like an idiot through most of it.
Faith had decided a few weeks ago that she was not going to take dance lessons again. I don't think she enjoyed the discipline necessary, and when she originally signed up I think she had images of little girls just leaping and twirling around the studio for an hour a week. It was more work than she imagined. But after yesterday I think she might do it again. Next year I'm shooting for lyrical ballet and maybe jazz. I think she'd be good at jazz, but I really love having a little ballerina.
Today is a day off. Being gone all weekend meant no laundry got done, no grocery shopping, no gardening. So we'll catch up today and do school tomorrow. Today we'll spend time smelling all those beautiful flowers my ballerina received after her dances.