I woke up on Sunday with butterflies in my stomach because this little girl had her first dance recital. The nerves were not something I expected, but as I left her backstage with all of the other dancers I had a million thoughts running through my mind:
“What if she needs me to open her granola bar? What happens if she gets scared? What if she wants a hug? What if she needs to go to the bathroom? Who is going to tell her how great she is going be before she walks on stage?”
Well, she needed all of those things and luckily she had her amazing teachers to help her with all of them. Her class was also assigned a “big girl” helper who went on stage with them. Edith called her “Princess Sadie” and she told me how Sadie gave her lots of hugs and even a gummy bear!
I may have cried her entire performance out of sheer joy. I was so proud to watch her walk onto the stage with confidence. She had a big smile on her face the whole time. It was one of those moments that as a parent you think, “Ok, I’m doing a good job here”. To watch her be independent and feel a sense of accomplishment in herself is something I will cherish forever.
And there was no better way to end the morning than brunch at Sarabeth’s. The staff was so sweet and handed out balloons to all the dancers who came in wearing their costumes. The perfect end to a perfect morning. Dance is something she really seems to love and I hope there are many more of these recitals to come.