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An End To Ballet Camp

Today is Maddie’s last day of ballet
camp, and what a difference five days makes.

She wakes up every morning excited and ready for camp – well,
as excited as she can be when she’s tired and crabby. But
she’s not complained about it at all, or begged not to go,
since Sunday night. I’m so proud of her, and her relative
ease in conquering this latest hill.

Maddie's camp is studying the Sleeping Beauty ballet, and we've
spent several nights this week going over what Maddie has learned.
We put on Tchaikovsky's music and dance around the room, Maddie
explaining the plotline to Cora and shouting out stage directions
to everyone. The class gets to watch a bit of the ballet each day
on DVD, and Maddie can't wait for the grand finale today. They've
also been doing crafts each day, coloring pictures of costumes and
making fairy wands, and she's quite impressed with herself and her

In the interest of full disclosure, Maddie does ask me every day if
I would stay the whole time rather than going home with Cora for a
couple of hours. Every morning she tells me that she doesn’t
like it when I leave, and I know this is dim foreshadowing of the
trouble we’re going to have at preschool drop-off this fall.
But right now, I’m just proud of how well she’s done
this week. This has been a big step for her.

As for Cora, she’s getting a glimpse of the fall as well
– a glimpse of long, luxurious stretches of time when she
gets Mommy all to herself. So I think I can safely say that both
girls have enjoyed the week, and wish it would last longer.


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