It has been a while since Julia’s last recital. I have been internally deliberating since November if she should join this year. It’s not really easy to say yes because apart from it being expensive (I have to pay more than her ballet tuition for one semester), we have to commit to attending practices. It was too late when I realized that this was also the time of periodical exams and Christmas parties. But since I already promised her that she could join this year, I have to bear being her chauffeur, eat fast-food lunches and dinners, and go through the horrendous Christmas traffic.
Even if I have to endure all these, it was very fulfilling to see her dance on stage. The recital was held in the Meralco Theater on a Sunday evening. She has improved a lot since her baby ballet days. I just hope that she continues to love ballet and I will be here to support her as long as she wants. The only downside of this was not being able to bring Jansen because he’s still too young (boo hoo!).
When I asked her if she wants to be in the recital…
Iya: Mahal ba nanay?
Me: Oo eh, mahal sya.
Iya: *Pauses for a bit* Bakit kailangan natin magbayad? Di ba kami sumasayaw? Dapat kami binabayaran!
Me: Oo nga no!
Here’s the video of the recital, she’s at the left and front facing the stage.