Sometimes I have these brief glimpses into what potentially lies ahead for our family, and I’m flooded with emotion. The girls have so much of the joy and wonder of learning ahead of them and I feel enormously privileged to be able to be there with them as they make the amazing discoveries that they’ll inevitably make on this journey.
For instance, imaging falling in love with Shakespeare for the very first time? Imagine being about 12 or 13 years old and hearing Romeo and Juliet: feeling that passion and intensity afresh. It literally takes my breath away. And then think of hearing Prokofiev, and suddenly realising that it’s THE Montagues and Capulets, and understanding what that really means.
Whatever people may say about Romeo and Juliet as we all age and get jaded, there’s no denying that it’s a work of feeling and the music for the ballet is powerful and perfect. I am waiting in anticipation for the day when I can see it come alive on their beautiful, perfect faces; see them grasp the depth and exquisite beauty that is so tangible in fine literature and classical music.
What a ride!