Okay… So one of my New Years resolutions is to start regular blog posts. It’s hard to know where to start so I’m just going to start and figure it out along the way.
I’ll start with a great moment.
My daughter loves to dance. As a parent I hate having to resort to videos so I can have a moment to cook or do something that needs both hands around the house. In order to alleviate my guilt and because of my extreme dislike of crappy children’s programming I started her off with ballet DVDs. I figured I might as well start her off with high art because by the time she gets a taste of Thomas the Tank Engine that’ll be all she’ll want to watch. So the first thing I ever let her watch was Baryshnikov’s version of Don Quixote with the American Ballet Theater. It went over better than I could have ever imagined. She started asking about the characters and especially the “Pink Lady” and would try to dance along with the video. I thought “well at least she’s moving” and putting that DVD on would give me enough time to get dinner done.
This led to one of my favorite daily rituals: our morning dance parties. Over the summer the first thing we’d do together is put music on and dance. One day I asked her what kind of music I should put on for our dance party and she said: “Daddy’s music!” My heart just about broke. Finally someone who actually wants to listen to my music! Sure this little person doesn’t know any better, is completely dependent on me for shelter and sustainance and is as genetically similar to me as anybody can be, but she still requested music that I made! Amazing!