I needn't have been concerned as she sat completely mesmerised, mouth slightly open, eyes transfixed. I watched her almost as much as I watched the ballet! I think at one point I considered checking that she was still breathing.
That was the start of our regular mother daughter theatre outings.
Since then we have been lucky enough to catch some pretty amazing productions in Brisbane, but to date nothing had ever really come close to the enjoyment experienced watching Swan Lake. There have been quite a few musicals like Mary Poppins, Annie, Grease and Mama Mia. Then the Nutcracker ballet and more recently The Bright Stream performed by The Bolshoi Ballet. Some of these theatre visits have been large scale international productions but we also love to support the smaller amateur performances too.
Last week the dance studio that Sibs is part of had their annual dance concert at Queensland Performing Arts Centre. This performance is one of the highlights of her year. She loves the routine of rehearsals and back stage antics. Behind allowed inside the theatre is a real thrill. Imagine having to tell her that she wasn't going to experience it this year?
When I first found out the dates for her dance concert, I knew that it clashed with something else. I also knew that the 'something else' was huge. Something that Sibs had been looking forward to for the whole of 2013.
It was time to break the news about the clash.
There were a few silent tears and a wobbly bottom lip. Then a big hug and a promise that we would go and watch the first night of the dance concert.
She still wanted to attend the rehearsals and her lovely dance teachers who knew how disappointed she was and not being able to perform always made sure that she helped out in some way.
So what prevented her from being part of the show......?
We were having a long planned girls weekend away....to Auckland....to watch One Direction!
My eleven year old is a beautiful mix of interests. She adores her ballet, looks forward to rugby season, loves to listen to a real mix of music and over the last year or so like millions of other tweenage girls has discovered 'One Direction'. (Thank you for the introduction goes to cool Aunty T!)
So last Friday, I picked her up from her afternoon school rugby game and instead of the usual ballet lesson it was a quick shower and change and off we went to the airport. We shopped a little, bought a book each and arrived in New Zealand on a cold and wet Friday night.
We were originally booked into the same hotel as the band but in my wisdom(?) I changed this to be closer to the city.
At the risk of sounding fuddy duddy - One Direction fans can be a little crazy....
There were hoards of young girls camped out at 1am in front of the hotel screaming. They screamed for almost three days! The groupie mentality was almost a little disturbing and whilst I have no problem with Sibs being a fan of the band, I think that I have a parental responsibility to ensure her safety and to allow her to be eleven...
So we enjoyed a slightly quieter time. We walked, chatted, shopped, giggled and did the tourist things like the museums and the Sky Tower. We lazed over hotel breakfasts - such a treat. We ordered room service in our bath robes and watched TV whilst painting our toenails. It was pure luxury having that time away from home with my girl.
Of course the absolute highlight of the weekend was the One Direction concert.
|"I think this is a dream"|
I once again watched my girl completely awe struck at the spectacle in front of her eyes.
It was the Swan Lake experience four years later (but with screaming!)
Five minutes after arriving in our seats she turned to me - "I think this is a dream!"
Her quiet contemplation lasted about 10 seconds and then she jumped, sang and screamed with the best of them. Oh my goodness the screaming again.....the ear plugs came in very handy!
|One Direction - Auckland 2013|
|One Direction - Auckland 2013|
Sibs beamed all the way through the concert, then all the way back to the hotel and then all the next day and more!
This was loving and living the moment big time!
|from Swan Lake 2009 to One Direction 2013|
We made a pact last weekend that we would find the time to get away together maybe once a year.
Just a night or two, just the two of us.
...Already planning the next trip!