Culture Shock

close up of ballerina's feet in toe shoes

A member of my homeschooling group put out an invitation for a field trip to a ballet performance of Don Quixote at the end of the month. I’ve never taken the boys to a play or ballet because I didn’t believe they’d sit and enjoy it. But this sounded like the ideal first exposure…short, about a man, and a matinee performance with other kids in the audience. So I decided we should go.

Then I told the boys that I’d signed us up to see a ballet and was shocked at their reaction. Faces crumpled up in horror, and the two older ones were nearly in tears when I figured it out.

“I signed us up to SEE a ballet. Not to BE in one.”

Everyone was very relieved. I retired to another room to laugh.

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The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Nadia May 3, 2012, 4:24 am

    Thanks for sharing this experience. It was hilarious !
    I can’t see myself being in that situation. Good to know all of you enjoyed it.
    I dream of being a ballet dancer when I was a kid.

    Nadia from table basse aquarium 

    • Amy LeForge May 3, 2012, 9:32 pm

      Nadia, if only you’d seen the looks on their faces! It still makes me laugh all this time later.