Ballerinas don't suck their thumbs. So, when Nora requested dance lessons there needed to be an agreement. Not dance until she was thumb-free. It took a lot of work. She held up her end of the bargain. Today, I held up mine.
She woke up this morning saying, "Today is going to be the best day of my whole life!" I think it would be lovely if we could all arise with the same sentiment. She danced around the house when she discovered the little drawstring bag that I made her last night after she had gone to sleep. How had we gotten her to sleep?! I had the ballerina fabric (Windham Fabrics presents Storybook IV c. 1930 Pattern #24560) for a couple of years. I think it was waiting for this moment.
She's not taking a traditional ballet class as I couldn't find her one that would work for our schedules, but rather lyrical dance. A mix of ballet and modern, lyrical dance is described as "Perfect for the dancer who enjoys using imagination with dance." And so, we found the perfect class for our imaginative little one.
Tonight's bedtime story was, appropriately, my favorite childhood book, The Little Ballerina. I remember my older sister braiding my hair just like Carol's in two little loops and pretending that I was the fairy queen in the ballet. Now, my favorite picture is this one:
I am quite proud of Nora's determination and am in no way ashamed that I resorted to a bribe. It worked! By the way, firefighters don't use pacifiers. If you stop by the firehouse, they'll tell you.