Missys willpower and stubborness reminds me of my 20 year old self
My daughter, Missy, is all of 15 years old and a high school sophomore but she recently put a lot on her plate. And through sheer willpower and stubbornness, she saw everything through despite my own misgivings and advice for her to drop something in order to ease her stress and pain. Yes, she does remind me of my 20-year-old self.
Missys groupies ready to cheerBallet & Ballads; rehearsed and performed a difficult classical pas de deux piece called Harlequinade in three performances of Ballet Manila’s season ender, Heart 2 Heart, and danced with the company in seven other shows in between; rehearsed and performed for her IASAS Dance Varsity routine that included three previews and one major performance in Jakarta, Indonesia; and finally, received an Honors Card for her first semester in school. Needless to say, it was the last activity that really, really made me proud.
Smiling our way through the horrible traffic
For their varsity group’s performance at the Jakarta International School, my husband and I decided that if would be a great idea for a family tag-along. Together with our son Manuel, we became Missy’s “groupies”! Also with us were my stepson, Freddie, and his wife, Karen, since Freddie lived in Indonesia for five years and was quite fluent in Bahasa.
Missy and her varsity teammates who all did a really good job
As it turned out, Missy’s actual performance took all of 20 minutes while the drive to and from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel took an hour and 15 minutes – one way. Yes, the traffic in Jakarta is worse than in Manila. Entitled En Route, the seven-member varsity dance team led by Ms. Yek Mabaquiao Barlongay performed a series of vignettes to the music of The Piano Guys, depicting the various stories of people passing through an airport “en-route” somewhere. Missy played the part of a girl with an unrequited love. She was charming, technically secure and extremely convincing in her portrayal. I could not have been more proud of her! And the standing ovation at the end of the show was truly deserved.