Since Baby Chiara was born, I've been making a point to get out
every now and then with my boy. B.C. - Before Chiara - he had my
undivided mothering for 8 whole years. For example, whereas once we
went to the pool every summer morning and swam together,
practiced diving, played Marco Polo in the deep end - I am now
relegated to the 3-feet area or the Baby Pool (though we have
invented a new game, Buzz the Brother, in which Chiara and I chase
around Big Brother and finally catch him and buzz him
with Chiara's butt or foot, the beestinger...). B.C. I was able to
make him his special breakfast every day, but now sometimes, I am
feeding the baby or changing diapers, and he, too hungry to wait
for me, pours his own cereal and milk. And this is neither
good nor bad - it's different. The most important thing is
that he adores his sister - she's the first person he kisses good
morning and he melts into a smile when she calls out to him:
DaaaDooo. He's learning more independence and has one more person
who loves him in this lifetime - and that's always a
But every now and then I like to enlist our trusted babysitter
and take him out on a date, and last evening, I enjoyed
a night out with not only him but also my other
most favorite guy, my husband, at the Oriental Theater, where we
saw Billy Elliot.
It was the perfect musical for a nine year old boy. Billy, a
young pre-tween, lives in working class northern England with his
father, a striking coal miner, politically active brother, and
senile granny. When he happens upon a ballet class, he
discovers his passion for expressing himself through dance - a
pretty uncommon extracurricular activity for a young boy
in his community. Despite the opposition of family and society in
general, Billy begins training with a local dance instructor and
begins, little by little, to discover and pursue his dreams. The
take-home message is: Do what you love and follow your heart.
At almost 3 hours in duration, it's a lengthy musical and might
not fit the attention span of children under eight. Make sure to
splurge on decent seats - while adults can enjoy shows even at a
distance, kids need to be as close-up as possible to enjoy the
As a fun pre-show discussion, give your kids a little primer on
the differences between British and American English. Click
here for a fun online dictionary.
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
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