Eliza had her last day of ballet Tuesday. Since they are just the little tykes, they aren't part of the recital but there is a parent observation day where we all got to go into the studio and watch what we know are really graceful swans but are pretending to be spastic ducks. It was hil-ar-ious.
They rocked out to "Little Ducky Duddle", "Miss Mousie" and the "Itsy Bitsy Spider." Very entertaining but I have to say what I have enjoyed equally about this taking Eliza to ballet every Tuesday morning is the mommy watching.
The Redeemer - You might be a Redeemer Mommy if you never got the chance to take ballet as a child. If you don't want your daughter to miss out on all the fun you knew you would have had as a child as a beautiful swan ballerina.
The List Checker - You might be a List Checker Mommy if you want to make sure your daughter can say she had ballet class as a little girl as we all know that's what little girls are 'sposed to do.
The Perfectionist - You might be a Perfectionist Mommy if you watch your daughter's every move through the window to the studio and talk under your breath giving her instructions on how to do things better.
The Socializer - You might be a Socializer Mommy if you don't really care for ballet and just want to chat with the other Ballet Mommies once a week and have a good solid excuse to get out of the house.
In Eliza's Ballet Class, there were some of all and some double and triple practitioners. I can report that I believe there were only two children in the class that actually enjoyed it and Eliza was one of them. Unfortunately I don't think she has a professional career of ballet in her future as she inherited a severe pigeon toe from her Grandma. (look to the left at the ill formed turn out.) Well, it's something to talk about in therapy 20 years from now I suppose. We will keep taking her until she decides it isn't her cup of tea though and maybe I will see more type of Mommies to add to the list.
As for me, you're probably wondering what type I am? I can say that I am all of the above except for Perfectionist which you all probably thought would be top of the list huh? Nope, I'm more of the Comedian Mommy who laughs when my daughter prances across the floor making dinosaur noises. (yes, she did.)
And here is the sum of Ethan's experience with ballet: