Yesterday was one of those days when nothing went right. Even though everyone woke up tired I still forced driving into the city to get to Ballet Day at the Children’s Museum. I like changing up our routine and giving them a new brain pattern activity. I like to see the expression on their face when they try something new. Since the holiday fell in the middle of the week I thought this would be a perfect day to do it. Every other mother in Boston had the same idea. After standing in the pouring rain and violent wind off the water for 20 minutes, I finally got to pay my $50 and fight the Mob scene to just put the stroller in a closet. Once upstairs I had two kids with two totally different agendas. I ended up spending the morning yelling and chasing and feeling frustrated on a day that I should have just been thankful to be able to be with them.
Today after lunch (when I was pretending not to watch them play peacefully together- can’t jinx it) I realized they were reenacting something we had seen at the museum. My 4 year old daughter was “on stage” asking her brother questions about his life. I remember at the museum we sat through a quick little performance put on by the students in the Boston Ballet School. Afterwards the choreographer asked them questions like “Where are you from?” and “When did you start dancing?” I spent most of the time shushing and picking up snacks from the floor; I didn’t think they retained any of it. But here they were – not only playing together but utilizing a new brain pattern activity!
Her: “Prima Ballerina, where do you live?”
Her: “Okay, what is your favorite……candy?”
Her: “Good answer. How long have you danced? Do you like it?”
Him: (Loving the attention) Yes! Foreveeeeeer!
This little skit went on for a good 15 minutes. It was a nice reminder that braving the weather, paying the money, fighting the crowds, worrying, chasing, cleaning…putting the time in……..will always pay off.