But...we made it. And Emma and Lily both had their recital and both did great (Lily even went as far as to audibly proclaim "nice job everyone" before being escorted from the stage by her new TSS (who seems very nice).
And just like that...we're here. We're in that place where kids start narrowing their foci. Where Emma must also. Gone are the days of soccer, lacrosse, softball, and dance...trying things out just to try them. There's no more time. She has work. She has schoolwork. She has dance. There's not much (if any) room left.
I'd love to give her opportunities to try new things. But...if she juggles that ball, another will fall from her grasp. It's a milestone. She can't do it all. Some day she'll probably regret not...trying out for the lacrosse team...or something. But she can't. There's no more room.
As it is, I've told her she can pare down her dance schedule, focusing on the dances she loves and leaving those that she...doesn't love...behind.
Leslie always wanted her to continue with ballet. Her reasoning was that all the other movements were derived from that sort of basic balletic movement. And she was probably right. And I'd love to bounce this decision off her...but I think ballet has to go. I think she'd get it.
Emma told me, "I'm not going to be a professional dancer," and I agree. She is a beautiful dancer, emotes in a way that I don't think can be taught...but lacks some of the skills and flexibility of some of her peers. She'll continue to dance. She'll get stronger and more skilled. But...it's not going to be her job.
She loves tap and contemporary...even jazz. But ballet has been sort of an afterthought for her for years. And I'm ready to let it go. Given everything else, I think it makes sense. She's AMAZING to watch tap. She can focus on that. She loves it. And it's a hobby, basically. She's getting in shape, part of team, gets to perform...but a hobby.
It's sad that things have to fall out of our schedules, but the demands on these kids' time is incredible. And she needs time with friends too. And with her family.