Lily had her very first dance recital yesterday. (Despite the fact that she is usually very much an Olson, I think she looks like Nana in this picture.)
She loved getting to wear make-up, she loved getting to wear a costume, she loved practicing her bow and curtsy… and loved seeing her best friends.
She hated having her to get her hair pulled into a proper ballet bun, and hated how her dad and I couldn’t stop laughing when we took it out and she looked like Dog the Bounty Hunter.
She fought a nervous tummy, went on stage, danced her little heart out ( despite being next to a girl who never ‘woke up’ at the beginning of the dance) and even recovered after getting a little distracted by the big audience.
She looked beautiful and so, so tiny up on the stage. Since she usually seems so, so grown up… that was especially fun for me. She was a baby again for 3.5 minutes.
The grand finale required them to bow holding hands and walk backwards. Being 3 year olds, walking backwards holding hands was a little tricky. There was a mishap. The crowd reacted. Her poor little face showed her crushed spirit and sore bottom. I wanted to rush the stage and hold her. But she pulled it together.
I ran backstage to get her, told her how wonderful she was and how beautifully she danced.
Her face said it all. She promptly informed me that this performance was her LAST.
Wish we’d taken pictures BEFORE the show.
Therefore, since there will be no others….
watch below the spectacular but brief dancing career of Lily Olson
… in its entirety.