Live, Love, Dance
Every year each kindergarten student at Saint Roman’s Catholic School present to their class and parents what they want to be when they grow up. As I sat at my desk and listened to each of my classmates’ presentations, I noticed that they were all the same. Many of the boys wanted to be a fireman or a police man and many of the girls wanted to be a doctor or a vet.
While I was looking around the room at all the other kids’ costumes, I heard my teacher’s voice. “Maria, you’re up next!”
I hesitated. What would the other kids think of me? I wasn’t wearing what they were wearing. I looked at parents for help. When I saw them smiling at me, it gave me courage to get up from my seat and skip to the front of the class.
All eyes were on me when I turned around and faced my class. I looked at my teacher, Mrs. Fotee, who was sitting at her desk writing notes. When she finished writing and set down her pen, she looked up and laughed. “So, Miss Maria, what would you like to be when you grow up?”
I smiled and giggled as I looked down at myself. I was wearing my ballet costume from my recital, complete with tights, ballet shoes, and hair done in all curls. The costume was a yellow leotard with red sequins on the sides to look like a vest and a blue ribbon crossed in front like a corset. The sleeves were made of yellow tulle with one line of blue sequins sewn about an inch away from the edge of the sleeve and one line of red sequins sewn about one inch away from the blue sequins. The tutu was made of multiple layers of yellow tulle. The top layer of the tutu was made like the sleeves, one line of blue sequins sewn about an inch away from the edge of the tutu and one line of red sequins sewn about one inch away from the blue sequnis. The costume also had a headband that was made up of white, yellow, red and blue flowers. “I want to be a ballerina!”
She smiled and laughed again....
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