Sitting in the auditorium filled with equal numbers of children ranging in ages from 2-6 and their parents, I watched as my daughter's bright blue eyes widened and her smile grew. She was watching the approach of a musician that she has watched hundreds of times on YouTube and a handful of times on Noggin', playfully slink up to the front of the stage. It was hard to miss this lanky, tall man that seems to be about 7 feet tall with his crazy gray hair that stands on end. Dan Zanes was wearing his trademark orange suit and carrying his guitar. As his first song stared, one that we have loudly belted out together many times in our car, her jaw dropped and my eyes welled, up and that is about all that I saw of my daughter for the next five minutes.
OK, I will admit it, I am the type of female that enthusiastically shares my feelings. I emote, like a ripe zit. You KNOW when I am happy/ mad/ sad/ angry. I will also admit that I am full of the extra potent, 35 weeks pregnant hormones.
I had one of THOSE moments today. It was one of those instances when I remember why I am a parent. When I bought those tickets nearly 10 months ago, I knew our family would have fun. I didn't realize how influential today would be on my child.
Up until her bed time, she had not stopped talking about the time that the two of us danced in front of the stage, during the song "Catch that Train". As we cha-cha-cha'ed by, she waved to him and he waved back.
She also can't stop talking about the moment she met him. After the show she said she wanted to say good-bye to him. The smart entertainer that he his, his whole band stood in the lobby of the Mondavi Center, and greeted, signed autographs and took pictures with their fans. Of course my phone decided to go crazy right before the show as i was turning it off, so I did not have my camera on my phone available. I am not worried, though as she will have that moment where she approached him and said, "Bye-bye! Thank you!" and he said, "Wanna high-five?" She joyously slapped his hand.
What a great day!
My first blog on this page, about a month ago, reminded us to think, "What is our goal as a parent?" Today was just another reminder that I can help my child create positive memories of most exciting events, as well as the most simple of events. Today just happened to be a very exciting day. I was the happiest making her so happy.