To the Ballet: A Field Trip

Going to another live show was a gamble. The play at the library was free, and I wasn't going to pay much more than that -- knowing my children have very quirky fears.
It's Christmastime, so it's time for lights and stockings and presents and anticipation. It is also time to go see the Nutcracker Ballet. Last weekend Charlotte and I had a Mother-Daughter Day. We started off at the ballet; it was our first trip to a live show in a long while and our first time seeing a ballet. I have wanted to go to the show put on by the Richmond Ballet, but it proves to be too expensive each year. When I ran across a Groupon for the Concert Ballet of Virginia's Nutcracker, I decided to try it out. I'm glad I did.
  I took the kids to see an abridged, child-friendly version of the Wizard of Oz at our local library about a year or two ago. It was just in a small meeting room, so the children sat on the floor quite close to the performance area. The mothers sat in chairs along the walls and in rows behind the children seated on the floor. I was worried that this would be a problem for us, but we tried it. As soon as the green-faced, cackling witch came out, we had to leave.
  So, going to another live show was a gamble. The play at the library was free. I wasn't going to pay much more than that -- knowing my children have very quirky fears. To prepare, we checked out a couple of versions of The Nutcracker from our library to familiarize ourselves with the story. So we knew there would be a life-sized nutcracker soldier, a mysterious man, and a mouse with seven heads. That was certainly helpful. At the show Char was on the edge of her seat from beginning to end. She followed the story perfectly well -- actually, much better than I did.

We checked out The Nutcracker from our library to familiarize ourselves with the basic story. so we knew there would be a life-sized nutcracker soldier, a mysterious man, and a mouse with seven heads.

During the intermission and after the show we chatted all about the ballet, the dancers, the story, the music. Sometimes you forget that your children are people, distinct, with unique thoughts to share. I was reminded that day that my daughter is not just my daughter, as though she is in essence only an extension of me, but  she is separate. She is herself.

We continued our evening with dinner out at our local Applebees. Then finished up with some antiquing and dollar store shopping for a few Christmas gifts for the boys.

The season is over for the Nutcracker this year, but you should definitely check out The Concert Ballet of Virginia in the future. They're not going to win any awards for best website design. It's a wonderful company, though, all the same.

Sometimes you forget that your children are people, distinct, with unique thoughts to share.