Mia, Mark’s mom and I took a break from cookies on Sunday to go see the Nutcracker (an abbreviated, 1 hour kid’s version, staged by the NY Theater Ballet). It was Mia’s first trip to the theater of any kind, and she was excited to say the least. In preparation to going to the ballet, we’ve been listening to the music and reading the book so that she would be familiar with the story that would unfold onstage. She was mesmerized. “Are those people real?”, she asked. And at one point in the middle of the production, a huge grin spread on her face and she said very sheepishly, “I like this!”. Afterwards, she chatted with some of the child dancers in the lobby and deliberated very carefully on her choice of purchase for a Clara tree ornament.
On the way home, we stopped by an Italian cafe for lunch, just the 3 of us ladies, dining on panini, drinks, and an ambrosia cake to share. Lani’s been here for almost 2 weeks, watching the girls and giving them attention while we work. We honestly would not have been able to get through this time without her. As crazy as it was, the time went by fast. I could tell M was a little stressed over Lani’s departure date almost as soon as she arrived. So they hung a calendar up on her wall next to the bed and marked the days as they passed. She leaves tonight, right before dinnertime and it will be quite a few more months before they see her again since she lives across the country in Washington state. Kids are resilient, but we’ll see how the girls do. I am not fond of good byes either.