Well, my little girl had her big day this weekend. After months of practicing her tap and ballet routines, it was time to shine in front of an audience . . . on stage, under the lights and without mirrors to help with the routines. Grandma and grandpa were in town, all her brothers were ready to support their baby sister and well I, I got her bun perfected to the best of my abilities. Buns are not an easy task when it comes to a little girl with thick, shoulder-length, wavy hair. In fact, it’s quite a challenge. But, thanks to an invention that my mom sure wished existed when I was little, the “bun maker” made the task a little less tedious. Can I get a Hallelujah?
Reese did amazing at her dress rehearsal, but I sill had to give her the, “mommy pep talk” before her actual live performance in front of a ton of people. I mean, it’s scary enough getting up in front of a room of people as an adult, you probably can imagine or even remember how scary it is, as a child. All the lights, not being able to spot mommy and, all those eyes on, you. Yes, needless to say, it can be quite intimidating.
I feel like it was only yesterday when I was getting ready for my dance recital. And like my little girl, the makeup and the sparkly costume were the highlights of the day. I mean come on, what girl doesn’t love feeling like a princess for a day? So, what was this, “mommy pep talk”? Well, basically it consisted of the old cliché, “dance like no one is watching”. I agree, that statement may be overused, but it’s a statement deserving to be overused. It’s a life lesson for both women and men of all ages. I also told her to do her best, smile and have fun. Pretty simple, right?
I was a very proud mommy that day. Reese shined on that stage. She remembered all her dance moves, smiled and looked so confident. To be honest, her older brothers were shocked with how well she did, since when they watched her dance at a small performance a few months ago and she was the only one did, NOT dance. Both my mom and boyfriend actually had tears in their eyes while watching her. And me, well my smile was pretty much a, “perm-a-grin” all day long. Yup, it was a day chalked up to, recital success!
There are so many life lessons I learned growing up taking dance lessons and performing recitals. Reese learned and will learn so much through dance and performing on stage, and will understand those lessons the older she gets. Right now, for her, it’s about the makeup, the costume, the music and shaking her booty on stage. Oh, and the flowers at the end of the show, is an added bonus, for sure. But the confidence, self-worth, importance of exercise and movement and learning to find the fun through stressful and unpredictable situations, will be the lessons she will learn soon enough.