There is no doubt that little kid activities are a special brand of painful. They require all of the patience as you suffer through rooms filled with parents who are absolutely positive that their little angel is the future star of the universe. Dance class ranks really high on that painful list. The parents are extra special, the repetition of the classes is mind-numbing, and you usually can't see much of your own kid because all of the other kids are always in the way.
But, if you suffer through, at some point your little kid becomes a big kid and suddenly activities are just dandy. You can drop the kid off and run away! You can stay and watch how amazing your kid is! You can drop the kid off and run away! Did I mention that you don't have to stay? Because you don't have to stay!
Obviously, I'm way deep in that big kid dandiness. I absolutely love dance class these days, even. Thanks to the glory that is dance, I have three whole hours slotted on Mondays to do errands. Things like groceries, library book returns, whatever. I can do whatever for three hours because I don't have to stay at dance!
If anybody wants to know what I want for Mothers Day, that's it. Three hours to do whatever I want. I'd also like that for Christmas, my birthday, and any other holidays that need a little more celebrating. I may have it most Mondays, but that doesn't mean I don't want it more. Alone time is the bestest. I get SO much done.
Sadly, all good things come at a price. While dance class is mostly glorious these days, there is that pesky photo day thing. It's the day when the dancers all put on their recital costumes, get gussied up with fancy hair and perfect makeup, and pose in bizarre positions. It wouldn't be all that bad, but I have to stay. Alexis asks for help with her hair and makeup, plus the whole costume change thing is troublesome.
By the way, I had to take a class on how to do dance makeup. As in, I gave up perfectly good ME TIME to learn how the dance team is supposed to wear false eyelashes. I've never worn false eyelashes, but I am way versed in the methods and stuff. Don't ask about what I know about eye shadow because I will deny everything. So there.
ANYWAY, this year's dance photos were spread over two evenings. The first episode was just fine. Mostly, anyway. I handled hair down to hair in a ballerina bun to whatever, and I did it while fixing the makeup on the kid who keeps trying to look too adult. It was a painful two hours, but I survived.
And then I celebrated because WHOOPS, I didn't realize that the other night of dance photos happened to fall during the week when I am travelling for work. It was, for real, an accident, but I wasn't sad. Alexis can handle herself just fine; she just needs some encouragement. I can handle encouragement via phone and when I do that, I don't have to handle humans. Everybody is a winner.
But the real winner was the husband. He manages to dodge all things related to dance, so go ahead and imagine my glee when I realized he would have to suffer through 3 hours of dance photos. Just writing that sentence makes me grin because COME ON. The men deserve to suffer once in a while. It's just a fact.
Except, as the report goes, he walked into dance on the day of photos and was told, "Go ahead and do what you need to do until 8:15. We got this."
He managed to get out of sitting through photos.
HOW IS THIS FAIR?