We just got home from Reece's last ballet class before next week's recital. I drove home in tears. I'm not sure what I was thinking keeping her in ballet class. She can do the dance just fine. But when they don't make the last pose on the last beat she cries. When she saw her sister at the corner of the stage (Riley will be on stage during Reece's dance... they are doing a ballet version of Narnia), she ran over and gave her a hug. Her teacher asked her 3 times today to stay in the classroom at the end of class and she kept running out.
This recital is going to be a nightmare. Reece has to be backstage for a minimum of 4 hours during dress rehearsal, and another 3 hours during the recital. They asked me not to be a backstage mom so that if I need to come get Reece and take her out I can. One of the moms who will be backstage really likes Reece and has experience with children on the spectrum. But if Reece runs out in a strange building, what will they be able to do? Her teacher today was trying to be so patient, but she is also concerned about the recital. The teacher told me that she talked to Reece about not running away, but ::sigh:: that just doesn't work. If we could keep her from running away by talking to her, this world would be a fine place indeed.
I regret signing her up for ballet this year. I am having second thoughts about trying to find her a gymnastics class in the fall. She doesn't want to do ballet again, and wants to try gymnastics instead. I was thinking she could probably 'blend in' well enough that I didn't need to tell anyone about her autism, but after what I saw today, that will be impossible.
I cannot wait until this recital is over... only 10 more days.