Monday, June 13, 2011

Before The Show

Yesterday, Edie had her ballet recital.

She wasn't nervous. In fact, she was giddy. And unlike last year when David and I had to be recital helpers so one of us could always stay near her, something she demanded, this year we sat in the audience. And Edie went with her class. She sat with them through the whole show. She went backstage with them and her teacher. She walked onto the stage without us nearby in the wings.

When we checked on her at intermission, she smiled, waved, and then turned back around to talk to the little girl sitting next to her in the same identical billowy dress. Not one bit of her needed us. She was so this other girl, one I'm just starting to know - confident at her core, sure of who she is, unafraid, comfortable in a path she chose for herself.

I thought when this day came, I'd be sad. Maybe I'd feel like I lost something. But I'm just so unimaginably proud of her. These pictures are of Edie before her show, just moments after she put on the dress, and pointed her toes, and turned from girl to ballerina.

xo YM



Cheryl Arkison said...

Gorgeous! She and Mila would so get along.
You must be proud parents.

Winnie said...

Edie is the most lovely ballerina ever. And I feel so lucky to have seen her in her yellow gorgeousness in person :)

Janis said...

She is beautiful. I bet you cried :--)

Barbara | Creative Culinary said...

She looks absolutely precious Kim; I know you must have been so proud; of her performance, sure, but that burgeoning independence is evident too.

I have VCR tapes of my daughter Emily's recitals. She struggled a bit keeping up with the dancing part with the other girls but you could always hear her voice.

Fast forward many years...she became the top soprano in her college class, won an International competition at the Sydney Opera House and is now a choir director. Still can't dance worth a lick but I love how we can look back and see those signs of her future.

rita said...

Beautiful Kim. She looks like a little Princess!!

SaintTigerlily said...

*SOB!* So big! So lovely!

Elizabeth said...

My daughter also had her ballet recital yesterday. It was adorable and the smaller the dancer (my daughter is six- but there were three year olds) the harder I smiled.

The Vanilla Bean Baker said...

She is a natural beauty and I can imagine how your heart was bursting with pride with her at her recital. Beautiful post.

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CookiePie said...

I love love LOVE this pictures! She is so beautiful, and what a sweet, confident girl you're raising!!!

Nmaha said...

She is beautiful and independent. A daughter to be proud of.

I had a similar moment today at the classroom door with V.

Oui, Chef said...

Kim- So glad to have found your site by getting involved in Charcutepalooza, I really enjoy your posts. That last photo of Edie slays me. - S

merry jennifer said...

She is so beautiful!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Edie is a beautiful ballerina :)