Last week Isabelle participated in her first dance recital. It was a really great day, and I was so incredibly proud of her.
When we arrived at the school where the recital was to be held, I took her to the room where all the dancers had to check-in. I found the other girls from her class and took her to where they were sitting. It was so adorable to see all these little girls dressed in the same costume with their hair and makeup all perfect. They all seemed so excited.
I learned soon after that an older dancer would be in charge of the girls so the parents could sit in the auditorium and enjoy the show. Given Isabelle's history with stranger anxiety, I was a bit hesitant to leave her alone. But, I was sort of given the impression that I needed to leave. And I wanted to leave, so that didn't bother me.
I put my arm around Isabelle and told her to stay with her friends and showed her the girl that would be looking after her. Her reaction?
"Ok, go now, Mom."
I was a little taken back by her response. So, I clarified and said, "You want me to leave?"
And she said, "Yes, go now, Mom."
With a smile on my face, I stood up, told Isabelle I loved her and proceeded to exit the room.
Some moms would probably be mortified if their daughter told them to leave them alone, especially when the daughter is not quite four years old. But, that's not the case for me. Any parent that has dealt with a child with extreme stranger anxiety would probably agree the moment your child appears to outgrow the issue is a day to celebrate. At least, that's the case for me.
I found my family in the auditorium and told Dustin what Isabelle said to me. We both had a good chuckle about it, and he, too, agreed it was a wonderful thing for her to say.
As I watched my little girl walk onto the stage, seeming completely unimpressed by the packed auditorium, even waving to everyone, I was so happy for her. She did a wonderful job dancing, looking absolutely graceful at times, and I couldn't help but wonder if this was the beginning of a long road for her and dancing.
No matter what the future holds, I'll always be so grateful for the moment Isabelle told me to "go."