She joined the “terrible twos club” when she was 18 months old. So, why was I naive enough to presume that she would let her membership expire on the day she turned 3? Oh no, we have alumni status now Im afraid evidenced by her epic behavior on her birthday yesterday…..
Someday when she’s the principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, I want to remember the day she first donned her first ballet slippers…..For 6 months now, she has cried each and every week when she goes with me and sits through Evie’s ballet class. She has begged to join the class. She’s been in tears watching Evie have all the fun and “Miss Pink” the teacher promised her that when she turned 3, she would be old enough to join a class. Gigi has been counting down. “When I turn free, I go bowee class!”
The long awaited day dawned. Her momma was as excited as she was. New pink tutu. Hairsprayed top knot. Tights with no holes. Leather ballet slippers. Oh the anticipation! How did I not see how this was going to go…..?
We walked into class, and Gigi immediately put on the pout. She didn’t want to be in the “baby” class….she wanted to be in Evie’s class across the hall. The teacher tried to coax her from her sultry perch on the couch but she was so not interested in playing games with ribbons or jumping over a star. She wanted to do the big girl steps she’s been shadowing Evie doing with her nose pressed against the window each week. Silly games with other tiny ballerinas……
Not one plié. Not a single pointed toe. Not a twirl. We sat out the class with a scrowl on her face until it was time for stickers at the end at which point she enthusiastically accepted.
And as we drove off with mommy contemplating enrolling her in bootcamp instead of ballet, the little rotten looked up at me with those big beautiful baby blues and said “Mommy, I wuv’d my bowee class !”
So glad. So glad.
Pretty sure we’re retiring the terrible-twos for the troublesome-threes. Good thing she’s cute.
Happy Birthday little dumplin’. You are so adored by all of us and we are so lucky to have you as the bookend to our family. Never has there been such a loved little girl.
Make a wish…..