This weekend Mallie Bee and I made a fast trip to Chicago. She had an audition for Fordham University/Alvin Ailey School of Dance. Be still our hearts. We arrived on Friday, the audition was all afternoon Saturday and we left Sunday morning.
This is our dancer's ideal school. It is so expensive it's not even funny, but she dreams big and we need more of those kind in the world. We have, however, told her on a daily basis that we cannot afford it, and true to her nature, she hasn't let that stop her one bit.
While she was doing that, my sister and her husband and I hopped a bus to the fun part of town, ate lunch and did a little shopping amongst the crowds in the city I will always miss.
When we got back we had a bit of a wait for her to finish so we took a look at the church next door. This church................
It was an absolute stunner inside. Old world Europe kind of a feel. We went back to wait, and I answered a whole lot of texts from everybody wondering how it was going.
When we had gone inside the church, I asked God to assist in what was going on next door, and significant financial aid sure would be nice. That last part was a little half-hearted since there are too many people in dire straits in this world for me to be greedy. What wasn't half-hearted, though, was my gratitude for my family who went above and beyond to encourage her and get her where she needed to be all weekend long, and our friends here in Kansas City who cheered for her from many miles away.
She thought it went o.k. and come March we'll find out what they thought. I'm hopeful about all of it and how could I not be? She may have performed a solo, but those ballet shoes she danced in carried the grace and blessings of everyone she knows.