It really does seem just like yesterday.
…or perhaps a week ago…and even like ten or twelve years ago.
I don’t know.
But yes, it was literally a week ago that this woman-child of mine went back to school for finals and tonight is back home again for the holidays…
and sleeping now because who sleeps during finals week?
But yeah, it really does seem like yesterday when this was her signature.
Out and about in San Francisco today with my men and, look, it’s Santa!
Daniel? Daniel was walking on by with not even a nod to the right at who was sitting there.
You coming, Mom?
How far we have come.
Today’s adventure took me to a holiday dance recital. When one of your grand babies is dancing on stage FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, you give up the chance to sleep in on a chilly, foggy Saturday morning. Okay I did hit the snooze button. Twice. But I made it and my favorite ballerina girl was thrilled!
And this is where the retired Dance Mom observes that dance recitals are universally the same…in EVERY way…good, bad, chaotic, crazy, rude, ridiculous, wonderful and pretty much every other adjective. The best way that they are the same is when you watch the one you are there for take the stage.
And as our ballerina took to the stage, the Mima-razzi was almost ready.
Which one is her?
She’s on the end, right there.
On the end right there?
And so I captured more than a dozen shots in quick succession of…someone else’s little ballerina with strawberry-blonde hair and porcelain skin. I realized that just as they finished and exited stage right.
She’s the one behind the tall ballerina.
I’m blaming my daughter and not my old lady eyes. But I am thanking her for this video.
You guys!!!! Isn’t she the sweetest thing??!!
I hope she will some day recall this once upon a December day and smile. I know that I will.
With the New Big Top means new adventures in holiday decorating because that is a thing. Of course the planning literally begins when viewing potential properties last Spring…imagining where to put up the big tree and what Griswold-crazy my darling husband will wrought. We both admitted that to one another this weekend as we started to slowly pull out The Big Top Christmas Crazy.
New Big Top, new adventures in holiday decorating, excuse us while we take our time because we have the time.
Except for Daniel because Daniel insists that the big tree can not have just lights. That is just wrong.
Holidays are about experiences and people, and tuning into what you feel like doing at the moment. Enjoy not having to look at your watch.
~ Evelyn Glennie
…or looking at your smart phone.
Goals! I have goals this holiday season.
I like cancelled plans, and empty bookstores. I like rainy days, and quiet coffee shops. I like messy beds and over-worn pajamas and binge watching Netflix and Amazon.
No, not Gilmore Girls.
Most of all, I like the small joys that a lazy, rainy, holiday weekend brings.This one was good, very good.