Sunday, February 11, 2007

Swan Lake

My husband had given me tickets to see Swan Lake for Christmas. I had mentioned how I’ve never seen a professional ballet in person. I’ve seen it only on television and amateur performances. He knew how much I loved the ballet and did research and found that Seattle has a professional ballet company. I know what you’re thinking right about now– how sweet. Yes, but it gets better. He made an event out of it. We went last night and stayed in a hotel. We had a nice dinner at a place called The Keg. Nice fireplace, really good steaks.

We got to sleep in and got ready for the matinee at our leisure. I wore a lovely skirt and high heels and Tom wore his suit minus the tie. He looked handsome.

We stopped at Denny’s for breakfast and then left with an hour to spare to get to the show. So far everything was so wonderful . . . until we got off the exit for the theater. The traffic was backed up and it took us forever to get to the theater – it’s now half an hour before curtain time. We see the signs for parking and follow them. The problem was that there was construction all over the place and there was no visible sign or entrance to the parking. So we got all turned around trying to get back to where we started – twenty minutes to curtain.

Tom was afraid we might not get there on time and found a public parking area. We parked the car – fifteen minutes to curtain. We walked in the general direction of the theater. We stopped a passerby to make sure we were going in the right direction – twelve minutes to curtain. The pace picks up when we realized we are several blocks away – eight minutes to curtain. Did I mention I was wearing high heels? At this point he tells me that if we don’t get there on time, they reserve the right to not let us in – six minutes to curtain. I believe I set a new record for speed walking in heels for when we got to our seats it was two minutes to curtain. Yeah!

I was now hot and sweating and never so glad to sit down. I was afraid of taking off my shoes for fear that my feet would swell up and I couldn’t get them back on.

Alas, I was there and I was so happy. The theater was beautiful. The live orchestra was really good. The professional dancers were amazing. The costumes were colorful and sparkly. I did have one observation – when twenty four swans are in toe shoes and dancing at the same time . . . well let’s just say they are not as light on their feet as you might think.

I have a wonderful husband who sat through three hours of ballet, smiled, held my hand and told me how happy he was because I was happy. We stopped in Ellensburg which is about a couple of hours from where we live to have dinner at the Starlight Lounge. It’s one of those places we love to go to if we are ever in the area.

Thank you honey for the wonderful Christmas present. I love you.

© Nadine Z. 2007

11 comments:

Theresa said...

I love going to see ballet. I've never seen Swan Lake live, it sounds like a wonderful experience.

My son is double majoring in Film and Screenwriting at Purchase College in NY. He doesn't have a fro like your son's, but he's got that "artist weirdness".

I've read a few of your posts and we have similar experiences....I think I've found my long lost twin! LOL

palmtreefanatic said...

Hi Nadine! that sounds wonderful! Im so happy for you, sorry about the Drama....glad you made it on time! sigh
I took several yrs of ballet, and toe dancing, and it is very hard work! never was fortunate to see something like this though, you are lucky!

Shionge said...

Oh that is so sweet Nadine and so glad you managed to catch the show on time :D

Tom Zawacki said...

Nobody can move in heels like you Baby! I loved seeing you so happy!

Merry Christmas...
Tom

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Dianna said...

Doing something extaordinary with my love is one of my very favorite gifts. Blessings for you!

The Martin's said...

What a night out. Your husband is a very good man! Was the orchestra just beautiful? I would have ran in high heels too. You won't forget that night, as we tend to forget some many of our nights.

Kim said...

What a wonderful gift! It's good that you can chuckle about doing the half-marathon in heels prior to the ballet. I'll bet your legs feel great today.

Nicole said...

Awww. What a good husband. 3 hours is a long time for anything. I'm not sure that my hubs would have done the 3 hour thing. I bet yours got MAKOR bonus points for that one, huh? VERY sweet!

Trina said...

Awww what a sweet and memorable night. He sounds like he really loves you!

A night out at the ballet sounds awesome! We are going to do something along those lines for Mary's 30th bday. She doesn't know what it is yet, but Im looking forward to it. It sounds like you had a lovely time!

Yokooso said...

I love ballet too...and I always wanted to be in ballet to become a ballerina, but God I guess had other plans. Haha