Serena’s In-the-Moment Ballet Dance to Hundreds of Eyes

Last week:

Me: Digging out the crumpled papers from Serena’s barely-gonna-make-it tattered princess backpack… “Serena, there’s a talent show at your school, it says here. You going to be in it?”

Serena: “Um, yeah.”

Me: (surprised) “Really? Okay, cool. Whatcha’ gonna do for your talent?”

Serena: “Ballet.”

Me: “Are you going to do it with anyone else?”

Serena: “Yeah, I think Maddie S.”

Me: “Does Maddie S. know about it?”

Serena: “No, not yet.”

[Note to self. Talk to Jim. Ask if he’s talked to Maddie S.’ mom about the talent show (he knows all the moms better than I do) and figure out if Maddie S. is actually game to do this.]

A few days later:

Jim: “Serena, Maddie S.’ mom said she has another performance that day so she can’t do the talent show. Do you still want to do the show?”

Serena: “Yeah.”

Me and Jim look at each other, eyebrows raised. Wondering: Will she really do this show solo?

[I go out of town unexpectedly for 5 days. Serena goes to the scheduled try outs and gets into the show. Then she goes to practice – and still plans to do the show, solo. Jim and I both wonder what will happen when she sees the audience from stage. But we stick with acting like this is all not that big of a deal, just like Serena has been doing all along.]

~Cut to yesterday, last day of Kindergarten and day of the talent show~
(sorry for the shaky video, I was busy crying my eyes out.)

Untitled from James Franco on Vimeo.

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  1. Jun15

    Nancy Jane Smith

    Said this at 12:05pm:

    WOW! Typing through the tears in my eyes–that was AMAZING, INCREDIBLE and just plain cool. Lots of hugs and kisses to Serenacakes for that one! I am a very proud Auntie! Thanks for sharing the video and most especially thanks for facilitating the growth of such a wonderful little being. You are doing something right my friends! Love you guys!

    Nancy Jane

  2. Jun18


    Said this at 9:28am:

    This is MESMERIZING. We sat the kids down, read the post out loud to them and then let them watch the video. She’s so in-the-zone, focused, and BRAVE! Afterwards, Marabee was mimicking with some fancy dance moves around the living room. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jun29


    Said this at 7:28pm:

    OMG. . .how precious was that. . .didn’t your heart just burst with pride? That is just one of those moments when words can not say enough! She did a fantastic job. . .there was not an ounce of fear in her!!! She’ll be carrying the torch of performers for the family with her generation, ha! Thanks for the share. . .love it! xoxo

  4. Jul9


    Said this at 5:00am:

    Aww, thanks for the awesome words Aunt Nancy & Uncle Aaron. Serena watches the video sort of mesmerized, too. Me, too. I can’t believe how brave she is. Marabee – keep up the moves! xoxo


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