Annelise's Ballet Recital
(Annelise is second from the left.)
After much anticipation and practice, the time had finally come for A.'s big moment up on stage. Her recital was Saturday night at the Grand Opera House in Galveston. Yes, our little girl has made the big time. She was so excited to wear her costume and makeup. She took Mrs. Jill's instruction to cover up her costume before the show seriously, she kept making sure her Wizard of Oz t-shirt was pulled down over every last inch of tutu. She stared in wonderment at the bigger girls getting all dolled up in their costumes in the dressing room. She was starstruck.
Soon it was time to hand her over to her Big Dance Sister who kept her company until it was her turn and I headed out to find my seat. The Opera House was packed with proud parents, relatives and friends anxious to see their little stars. You could feel the love. Before we knew it her music was cued and all her little classmates were teetering on stage on their tippy toes. But wait! Where's Annelise? Why hasn't she followed behind Rose? Sudden stage fright? No, Mrs. Jill told me later that A. stopped on her way out to give her a hug.
She danced her little heart out and did her best. We were so proud, our hearts were 5x bigger inside our shirts, bursting with love and pride. All too soon her moment was over and she had to relinquish the stage to the older girls. Until next year.
At least she hasn't let the fame go to her head. Yet.