Last night Grandma Lori took Holly, Lily, myself and Emma to the Nutcracker Ballet. I was a little apprehensive as it is a long production and Emma is four, but she did well. It was so cute to see the audience, it seemed anywhere you turned was another little girl dressed to the nines in her Christmas dress. Emma was excited to 'fancy' and we even bought her a new pair of sparkly shoes for the occasion.
She loved the production and I think she kind of understood the story. I read her the synopsis before it started, so she could know about Clara and her uncle who gave her the Nutcracker, and Clara's dream of the Rat King wanting to fight the Nutcracker. Her favorite part was the 'purple girls,' who were the dew drop and the flowers. After the show, we went out to the foyer and the ballerinas were there, so I took Emma up to meet her 'purple girls.' The main girl who Emma loved was really nice, her name is Caitlin and Emma thinks she found a new best friend.
On the way home, Emma kept talking about Caitlin and told me she wanted to go back and see Caitlin again, and this time we could ask for her phone number so we could find out where she lives and go visit her. How do you explain 'stalking' to a four year old? I felt so bad, like I was destroying her dreams telling her we would not ask Caitlin for her number, but I told her that Caitlin was a smart girl and she would know better than to give her phone number out to strangers. "But Mommy, I told her my name, so I'm not a stranger anymore!"
Anywhoo, Emma came home ecstatic, telling Marty all about the nutcracker coming to life and becoming a prince, and the purple girl named Caitlin who was now her friend. She was a little ticked she could not wear her fancy new shoes to bed, but got over it pretty quickly. She was exhausted and went to bed pretty quickly. We will see how long until Emma decides she wants to be a ballerina when she grows up!