My girl is not prissy. She loves to play with worms and roll around in the grass with her dog. She is athletic and 'wide open.' She plays so well with boys that most of them don't really consider her a girl yet (as evidenced by the recent birthday parties she has been invited to that were "boys only...except K.")
But she is versatile. My sweet girl loves a stage, being with friends, and getting to put on make up.
Dance recital day, therefore, is a very good day for K. Both sets of grandparents, her brothers and her parents all dressed up and in the audience JUST FOR HER.
I admit that I did not have the best attitude about spending 3 hours sitting in a dark auditorium in the middle of a gorgeous Spring day for 5 minutes of familial performance. (Don't worry K did not know that.) I won't even get into how hard I know it was for my boys to sit through...little boys this age aren't exactly known for their ability to sit still for long.
I realize it was about way more than a tap routine and a ballet dance. I hope the message our presence sent to my daughter is that she is valued. She has family that will show up for her. We will put aside our own agendas when it is important to her that we be there. We will smile and cheer because we love her. We are on her team.
I am sure her five year old brain didn't come to that conclusion today, but I hope somewhere in her heart layers of that message are beginning to form.
Family is an awesome thing.