April 23, 2012
My girlfriend Hilary (mother to a feisty four-year- old, Emma) called me gasping for air. Finally she calmed down enough to tell me she had just gotten the bill for her daughter's dance recital costume. It was $93 with an additional cost coming for tights and spray paint for the ballet shoes. So it will cost almost $100 to watch Emma tap her foot, while dressed like a princess, on a stage, to a song that lasts maybe three minutes. And besides playing a nice amount for weekly dance lessons, she also must purchase four tickets so Daddy, Grandma, and Grandpa can to see her little princess tap her toe to the tune of $13 a person Hilary is reeling (not the Virginia Reel), and setting her alarm to get up early on "ticket day" so she can get decent seats. Shouldn't she get to see the recital for free since she's paid all year long for lessons? Nope, that's not how it works. Add on professional pictures and bouquet of flowers, and this is one pricey venture that's supposed to build character in her child. Dance recitals can last up to three hours, depending on how large the dance school is. So besides waiting to see her little ballerina, she and he and the grandparents must sit through numerous other numbers before their dancer comes on. Hopefully there will be more than one show, so the costume can get some wear because after the recital, it goes into the dress-up play wardrobe. I can remember all the dance recitals I was in and the excitement of getting ready and performing. The cost didn't enter my mind then. I had great respect for my teacher, whose name was Mrs. Karen Miracle. She was lovely, with physical grace reminiscent of Mary Tyler Moore. With her flowing arms and legs, beautiful face, and nice makeup, she brought dancing to life for many of us. She did her best to help girls grow gracefully into their bodies. And now my friends and I try to pass the torch onto our own daughters, and after checking with my mother this torch has definitely gotten pricier but worth it.
She Buzz Words
Right now she could be..
Working on an elementary school's graduation agenda.
Packing for a spring break away with her girlfriends.
Flying home from her college spring break.
Waiting at the airport to pick up her child coming home for spring break.
Training her puppy.
Venting about her boyfriend/ husband on the internet.
Nagging her kid to clean a bedroom
She Could be a
Party City Employee
Home Health Care Aide
"Why are bathing suits the first thing I see when entering most stores?"
She Phone Starter
"What does mom really want to do on Mother's day?
Spring cleaning could bring some spring cash. She can sell her slightly used items and donate others for a tax deduction. Remember one person's trash can be another's treasure. Here a list of helpful places to star:
•National chains offer cash for goods: Game Stop (video games), Play it Again Sports (sporting equipment), Music Go Round (instruments), and Plato's Closet (teen clothes)
• Sell online on eBay.com, amazon.com, gazelle.com, craigslist.com, and backpage.com, Charity Drop spots: Goodwill.org, salvationarmyusa.org
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