The butterfly metaphor post. After the comments I received in the “voting” post, I hope this doesn’t disappoint!
About a week ago, my girls and I received our video of our recital. It is something we look forward to watching together each year. We complain about the mistakes we made and how we wish the videographer had done this or that, but mostly we enjoy reliving our big night. As we watch, we also talk about things we heard from friends and relatives who watched the show about things that happened and favorite parts of the show. One unexpected reaction that we heard about was one of Sarah’s dances turning out to be the “tearjerker” of the show. Usually, each year there is at least one dance that is so sweet is causes a few joyful tears to flow. One year it was a beautiful mother-daughter duet done by dear friends of mine. I didn’t have a strong reaction to this dance myself, I think, because I was caught up in the hurry, hurry of the night. As I think back about it now, I understand.
(Sarah pictured center)
Sarah’s class was a group of 13 girls aged 9-12 dancing to Miley Cyrus’s Butterfly Fly Away. We are not Miley fans in this house, but this song was sweet. Included in this class is a darling girl who happens to have Down’s Syndrome. She did well in the class but needed some prompting to be where she was supposed to be. The girls in the class handled this very well, and their cooperation seemed to add to the charm of the dance. The lyrics of the song couldn’t help but remind the families of the dancers that it wouldn’t be very long before our butterflies fly away.
(Sarah pictured left)
Sarah is my younger daughter, but as I’ve mentioned before, my older one is in high school. It won’t be long before college is breathing down our necks. Sarah “officially” becomes a teenager in a few weeks. Where is the time going? As parents, we all hope that we have “done right” by our children, so that when our butterflies do fly away, they will be able to “take those dreams and make them all come true.”