This past weekend has been totally crazy! It included my cousin’s wedding, as well as Leah’s first big dance recital on stage. She was also in the wedding, as flower girl. All week I mentally prepared and planned out how I was going to juggle everything and stay sane. I was stressed about leaving my son, who refuses to eat from a bottle, and getting Leah’s hair right, and forgetting anything.
On Friday morning I got together all of Leah’s dance things and labeled them to get ready for her dress rehearsal that night. I knew that I would be frazzled when it came time to leave since we were going straight from the dress rehearsal to the church for the wedding rehearsal. Somehow, though, when we arrived at the auditorium I realized that I didn’t have Leah’s costume. It was too late to go back and my heart sank. I didn’t have her tights either, just her shoes.
I don’t know whether it was my own angst or the fact that she was the only one without a costume, but Leah suddenly got nervous, too. I sat there with her until it was her class’s turn and I felt like I could cry. Even after the rehearsal was over and she had performed her dances sans costume, I still felt horrible about it, and worried that it had set a tone for the rest of the weekend.
I was wrong, though. Saturday morning dawned and we had plenty of time to get ready. I did Leah’s hair and it came out beautiful for the wedding. She didn’t get anything on her dress and we made it in time for pictures. She walked down the aisle, throwing petals like a pro, and she danced the night away at the reception.
On Sunday, again, we had plenty of time to get ready. I triple checked that I had her costume as we were leaving and it all went off without a hitch. She danced beautifully up on stage and I felt my eyes well up with pride.
This weekend I learned that I can not always be perfect. I will not always remember every little detail. I will make mistakes. But I have raised a happy and well adjusted little girl and she can adapt to anything. It all turned out well in the end and we had a beautiful weekend celebrating life, love, and happiness.