Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Holiday in Holland

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There was actually a purpose for my traveling half-way across the country, a higher purpose than just forcing me to exercise untapped stores of patience and caffeine abuse.

Although those are fairly high purposes.

We manned the van to go see 2 of 8 as she performed in Holland, Michigan, after completing a two week ballet intensive in the discipline of Cecchetti, an Italian form of ballet.

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Her performance was held in the historic Knickerboker Theatre, which is just about as an adorable piece of charm as you could ever find. 2 of 8 performed beautifully.

The twins did not.

After a cumulative 22 hour drive, I found myself leaving halfway through 2 of 8's performance as 8 of 8 proceeded to throw what we Southerners call a 'wall-eyed fit'.

That means 'a really big one' to you who are uninitiated in Southerneze.

My sister-in-law with the PhD in biomolecular chemistry (not to be confused with the sis-in-law who is a successful CPA or the other sis-in-law who is a math educator....yes, it's intimidating, thank you...) went with me to wrangle babies.  I had stopped by her home in the smack dab middle of the country for a few days on my way to Holland and she offered to come with me for this leg of the trip. She and I were two ships in the night during the performance, passing on the stairs to the balcony of the theatre, trying to sneak peeks of 2 of 8.

Thankfully, there were two performances.

Here's Dr. Sis-in-Law.

She's awfully brave.

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Or maybe she's codependently facilitating my crazy travel schemes....

My niece also tagged along for the adventures...another brave soul.

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I suppose we could have just purchased the DVD of the event and watched from our local living room. I suppose that I just could have flown in to see 2 of 8, to be a family representative. But in the end, 2 of 8 had her own personal cheering section, members of family both nuclear and extended, a congregation of unabashedly biased spectators, spellbound by the beauty and athleticism her discipline and training and passion have yielded.
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And that kind of experience is worth a whole lot of driving miles.

Even if you have to stand in the stairwell of the balcony to watch.

...while wrestling a furious toddler....








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