Logged into my dashboard after what seems like months only to find 50 spam comments – good try you assholes. Anyways, am updating coz my darling friend V sent me a reminder that my blog seemed so empty, heh.
Much have happened over the past month. From Sairah’s first classical dance performance in PUBLIC, to my short stint at work, to my health scare involving my heart, to Sairah’s aunt visiting us for the second time for close to a month, to saying bye to Grandma after staying with us for 3 months to yet another big decision the husband has taken.
So much updates. So lazy to blog. Woe. But understandably, no?
I’ll update stuff in order I suppose starting by my lil one’s performance!
It was probably the MOST intense day of my mommy hood (besides giving birth to her, haha)! We had so much to prepare and do and yes, no matter what sort of class you send your child to, as a parent you are indirectly part of it too!
Sairah has been going for Bharatanatyam class for close to 7 months now (I think!). My dad had always wanted us both to get involved in something classical but somehow for the life of us I just couldn’t imagine doing it. I never felt like I needed to (of course as a dancer you need to be poise and all that which were bloody traits I did’t have growing up as a damn tomboy – seen any classical dancers with short hair and looked like a boy anyone?!) until of course having a daughter and then moving to a foreign country – then all of a sudden it made sense to try to maintain and instill our culture in her. Could almost see my dad grin from one end to the other. And best of all, Sairah showed much interest in it from the get go so it wasn’t even like we were forcing her. She enjoys going for her dance class and I”m amazed how much more she learns in terms of getting to know Hindu Gods, sing out slokams (Indian hymns) and more. If you ask me- best $40 spent on a month on this kid, heh.
We had SO much to do on the few days leading up to the performance from getting her outfit done to shipping the accessories from India – bloody expensive affair I have to say.And to top it off, I was too scared to attempt to do her hair on my own that I had to engage someone to do it for 40 bucks.
Bye bye moolah.
I did however had the honors of doing her makeup. I was nervous as hell to be honest for something that wasn’t even rocket science! What if I mess up the eyeliner. What if I poke her eyes by accident? Does she need mascara? Oh god, now her eyelashes look like spider legs on her face, haha – so many tense moments. But together we over-came it (cue over dramatization).
Easy does it….don’t screw up mommy.
I didn’t feel the need to load up the foundation on her so I applied it very minimally but went all out to accentuate her eyes because I feel besides the dance move, how the eyes look and can express makes a dancer even more enthralling. Or is that just me?
Her most intense glare yet
We then quickly rushed to the lady’s house to get her hair done and I was quite nervous for Sairah. At the end of it all, this was how her hair ended up looking:
She had fake plaits added, tons of accessories and pins including fake flowers on her tiny lil head. It was definitely on the heavy side and all I could say was, please don’t come loose please don’t come loose coz I seriously wouldn’t have known how to fix it back. I”m just bad with hair.
Lucky for us it didn’t – and that’s what you get for spending $40 on hair people and not trying to DIY on first attempt.
Double checked on extra things to bring along and what seemed like hours, we went to the school to wait for her turn to perform.
Her dance teacher giving a peep talk while grandma and mommy fuss around – always what we do best, lol.
Okay, try not to mess up – got it!
After 45 minutes of chaos it was show time.
Let’s breathe innnn, and breathe outttt, all is well, all is well.
Then it was time to be on stage for all four tiny tots. For the very first time. In front of strangers. No room for jitters. Time to put those intense 2 months of training and translate it into a performance.
Love this Saraswathy pose taken by a friend.
Sairah looking a lil more relaxed and posey after the show. Cannot believe it took 5 hours of prep just for a 5 minutes performance. But of course, it was worth every minute of it.
Proud mommy and old man. As promised we took her out for ice cream after the show. Was quite surprised she was completely at ease on stage despite being a lil jittery initially.
There was an award ceremony as well which we didn’t stay behind for since it was getting late. Her teacher passed it on to her and we gladly highlighted her performance in her kinder book showcasing what she got up to during the school break.
Super proud of her – so proud that it was one of the rare days where I didn’t have any heart palpitations.
And of course I can’t sign off without sharing a video of her in action. Please do check it out here and tell me what you think.