A few weeks ago Ravenna handed me a crumpled up flyer from school and insistently said, "Mama, Mama! I want to do this!!!" It was flyer for her school's talent show. Anyone who knows Ravenna very well knows that our little girl loves the stage. Her school is preschool -12th grade and pretty good sized. As I held that wrinkly paper I wondered what exactly she would want to do.
As time went on, Ravenna brought up the Talent show and would mull over what she wanted to do. She finally decided that she would paint a picture. As the time got closer, we bought a canvas and "real" acrylic paints and one evening she sat down and worked on her painting. She knew exactly what she wanted to paint and how it should look...a picture of our home under a sky filled with hearts. She painted and painted, deliberately picking each color and brush, every stroke just where she wanted it to be.
Tonight was the talent show. As soon as we got home from school she rushed into her room a make the final decision on her outfit. A week ago she had laid her "most beautiful clothes" on her bed and had been rearranging them ever since. The final decision was made and out she came ( 2 hours before we needed to leave), princess dress, a cape she had made out of fabric from her Grammie Pat, a tiara and her favorite flowers shoes. Head to toe she was our sparkly, frilly, regal Ravenna...ready for her debut.
We got to school for our girly Mama daughter date and the parking lot was packed, almost every spot full. From the back seat I hear, " Oh man!!! How embarassing! To be on stage in front of all these people!" As she checked herself out in the mirror and proudly straightened her tiara. We held hands and giggled as we ran into the school and found a front row seat for the show.
As we sat, she snuggled in my lap watching the musical acts, I could just see her face out of the corner of my eye. I wiped away tears as I saw the awe and joy on her face as the other bigger kids performed. My Ravenna was the youngest one in the competition by far. During the art exhibition, Ravenna stood in all her beauty underneath her painting. People strolled by and she proudly pointed up at her creation grinning as they "Oohed and Ahhed" she was truly soaking it all in!
Little Ravenna with some of the big kids
Accepting her award