Tomorrow my baby turns 21. Wow! Years go past so/too fast. Don't blink friends, your children will grow up before you know it.
My daughter is a stunning to the eye beauty - note: biased mother.
As her mother, I am very proud of her. I am excited for her future, and I am excited for her next adventure which starts very early on Monday morning.
In January of this year, she told me she wanted to go to an audition for a college internship. She asked if I would take her. Through the many years of ballet, I took her to all but one of her auditions. I'd like to think I was a rock for her, but that sounds presumptuous. I did learn to read what she would need. Snacks, photos, names, numbers, etc, but mostly just someone to take out her stress on or share her joy. What ever was needed, I'd handle it. After all, I am her mom.
Her audition this time was over in Columbus, OH...five hours away. My baby had her heart set on this. I was in. On the eve of her audition she was getting nervous and started feeling under the weather, was tired, etc. Stress can do interesting things. My daughter and I have always been hard on one another. I love her so much, and unconditionally. IMHO, stress makes her hostile towards others. I know she loves me. She has always needed to be able to release her stress, and know that I will still be there for her. I will always be there. No. Matter. What. She was thinking of NOT going to this audition. I drew the line...I was heading to Columbus the next morning at 5 a.m. and she could sleep in the van. She could suck it up for a few hours, IF she really was sick.
On Sunday, March 8th, the two of us headed to Columbus, OH. On the way there she told me it could be a six hour audition. I was skeptical. No way was this going to be a six hour audition! None of her auditions have ever been that long! This was different. We arrived at a fairly decent sized, but not super large, dance studio. She was number 149 out of nearly 250 college-aged students who had arrived for this audition.
The audition WAS six hours long. It was an elimination, elimination, elimination audition. Participants would audition and then wait to see if they made the cut. I had been sitting in the front of the dance studio just listening. Each time numbers were called, I had my head down. I did not want to see her face IF she was dismissed. My baby made it through six hours of learning dance routines. She and I did NOT hear her number called.
|With a Dinglehopper after the audition.|
Her talent, paired with her beauty, led to body measurements being made, head shots and full body photos being taken. She was thanked for her time and then told they'd be in touch.
On Monday morning, my daughter leaves to start her four month college internship at Disney World. Officially she will be a character performer. I believe she is to be dancing in the parades. She also will get to be "friends" with the princesses...Disney code won't let me say more. As a Disney junkie...I am so excited!!!!!
Guess where I will be heading in October on my fall break?
My sister tells me that in a few years I can go to work at Disney World too. She says I can be the Fairy Godmother! LOL! I could do that, and you know I'd love it. :)
Until then...I need to let my baby go.