August 15th, 2016
Kids' recitals are funny, because all rules of traditional decorum go out the window. Olivia dances, and at the shows, every single song is punctuated by excited family and friends screaming out their dancer's name.
So it is with me. At the last many performances, I wave wildly from my seat, hoping to catch her attention. Last spring, she actually didn't see us, and she met us with indignation backstage after the event.
This time, I added yelling into my repertoire. Darn it if she's not going to know we're there. That and... I get such a thrill seeing her do her thing!
When her number started, I frantically shook my husband next to me as if he wasn't right there seeing the same thing. "Look! Look! LOOK!"
I've mentioned before that Claus is the calm one. He always just sits there quietly. I think he might wave once. He does the Queen wave. I do the Tom Hanks Castaway wave.
I let out a whoop. "Woooo! Yeah!!! OLIVIA!!! OLIVIA!!!" and gesticulated with the fervor of a person trying to make it off a desert island. Every time the lights got a little brighter, I folded a white paper in half and used that to hopefully catch her attention better.
I was so pleased with her. I'm always proud of her, but this time she really seemed to step up her stage presence and her dance moves. She is finally finding her groove in this class.
When we met her after the show this time, she said with half-amusement, half-embarassment, "Yes, I saw you waving. And waving. And waving. I was thinking, 'Mom, stop distracting me,' but I couldn't do anything because I was dancing."
"Sorry. I just get so excited! Did you hear me calling to you, too?" I asked.
"Yes. I heard that. You know, you can just tell me your row number and I'll find you. I always do," she suggested. Well, except that last time because we didn't tell her our row number.
"Uh, OK," I acquiesced. Claus shot me a side eye and snickered.
I feel like I now need to practice to be an audience member because it will take all I have to sit on my hands and shut my mouth.