Sunday, December 4, 2011
The first time I saw the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s The Nutcracker, it made me look forward to seeing it with kids of my own. This year, we finally managed to see it as a family. Before Abbott and Cal were school age, we worried it would be too long for them to sit through. The past couple of years when we've brought it up, they haven’t wanted to go, because they had the perception that boys don’t go to the ballet. But Abbott has been working on some piano music from The Nutcracker, and really loves it, so he recently asked to go. (It also didn’t hurt that one of his male classmates recently saw it and liked it.) We had a wonderful night. Both boys were, at times, on the edge of their chairs; at times chortling. We discussed our favorite parts and the characters all the way home, and they danced their way to bed.