Our daughter, Brynna, recently performed in her annual dance recital. I always look forward to the moments when our girls get to shine while doing what they love. But these joy-filled events are often preceded by me feeling a little stressed. Grandparents are our main caregivers when we need someone to watch Mikayla & Hope. But the grandparents want to see Brynna dance too. They’re funny that way. So we have to find back-up babysitters which isn’t always an easy task to accomplish.
Why don’t we just take them with us to the recital? There are many reasons why we don’t take Mikayla & Hope to these major events.
They can’t sit still for 2-3 hours.
It’s impossible for them to go 2-3 hours without talking. In fact, it’s difficult for them to go 2-3 minutes without talking.
The proud parents in front of us want to video. I really don’t think they want to record our sweetheart burping and saying “Wow….that was a really big one!” or yelling “I’m going to wet myself” at the top of her lungs. Yes, we need to work on our manners.
The odds are pretty high that I would be in the bathroom with one or both of our sweethearts and I would miss seeing Brynna dance. I’m just not willing to take that chance.
Mikayla & Hope went to their aunt’s house and I got to sit with my handsome man and enjoy the recital with no worries. I didn’t have to worry about a little sweetheart talking too loudly, or having a meltdown, or needing to use the bathroom. It was like being on a mini-vacation.
I smiled from ear to ear as Brynna’s class danced their tap and jazz routines. As she was dancing the final lyrical routine, I got tears in my eyes, I was totally mesmerized as I watched her leap onto the stage and dance beautifully. A man came up to Brynna after the recital and told her that she was captivating. He told her to keep dancing because she had a gift. I wish I could have seen the goofy grin on my face when he was complimenting her. His compliment made me beam with pride. It was the perfect ending to our day of dancing.