|Rehearsal at the Waverly in Woodstock Illinois Photo by Dan Swinson ©2011|
|Claire, photo Dan Swinson ©2011|
So how is this years Nutty shaping up? As I said, I am trying hard to savor each moment, smile with each trip I make to the Opera House because something was forgotten, rejoice when I have ballet shoes to sew, take the home Christmas decorating in stride even though I have Christmas this year, shrug when I spend umpteen dollars on carry out meals through rehearsals and performances, make no comments about how many small loads of dance apparel I have to wash each night for the next two weeks, revel in each performance that I have tickets for (I have five performances that I am seeing and 3 that I am ushering), be a proud Mom no matter what happens in each performance, be a kind Mom when first time Nutcracker parents are trying to figure out scheduling and the tricks of the trade (so to speak), and finally, soak up the compliments with humility from other parents and friends. I want to remember everything. I want to be a part of Colin's and Claire's triumphs. I just hope I deserve all these precious moments because they will be over all too soon. Merde my dear Colin and Claire.