Sunday, May 3, 2009
John and I decided, living as we do in South Bend--the hub of all things cultural, that we would each take the girl on a one-on-one date to some fun event. After browsing through ArtsEverywhere.org, we found two that really fit the bill.
Option 1) Sleeping Beauty, the ballet
Option 2) If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the play
Now, if you've met our children, the decision of which child should go to which event was glaringly obvious. And with a quick glance at John's schedule, the decision of which parent should go was also immediately decided. So, Friday night, John and Naomi headed off to the ballet.
Of course, the appropriate outfit for the event had been chosen much earlier in the week. And the accessories were chosen the day before, after some deliberation. And the question of day and time was answered again and again and again. I thought there was nothing left to worry about during Friday's dinner. I was wrong.
As she slowly chewed her food, I could tell Mimi had one last concern. She looked at me and with wide eyes, asked, "What if when I get to the ballet, they want me to dance on the stage? I mean, I know ballet [she's never taken a class], but I don't know the kind of ballet they do."
What indeed is a girl to do under those circumstances? It's a worry I deal with myself on occasion. I've been to concerts where I am quite sure they are going to need another trumpet player, and what if they pick me?
The performance was a roaring success. John said he could hardly keep Mimi in her seat while the dancers were on stage. She was absolutely determined to pirouette and arabesque in the aisles. And when it was over, Naomi and John met Princess Aurora , which nearly caused Mimi to faint with excitement.
On the drive home, Mimi had a marvelous idea. "Dad," she said, "Tomorrow we should all dance. I will be Aurora [of course], Olivia will be Merryweather, you will be Prince Phillip, Mom will be Malificent [thanks a lot], and Bella will be the spindle." Do you think Bella will play a spindle with the same passion that Naomi puts into Aurora?