So I wait, and pray, as I have been most of the day that M does well today. Well, really I pray that she feels good about how she does today. (She's SO close to getting that next 1st place and moving into prelim. championships level. I want her feeling confident.) I've never not been to a feis when M's been in it. Sometimes I've been to help out or watch friends when she hasn't been, ironically enough (on weekends she's been with her dad, C, and hence, until last year when Si started feising, M didn't feis if with her dad).
C and I switched weekends, and M and her half-sister, Si, are spending today dancing and feising in the city where C's oldest sister lives. (That sister has been my favorite, even if I haven't seen her in, hmmm, a LONG time.) Besides, he's out of town next weekend, and her being with me means she can do a few other things she'll enjoy. Even if we're missing a great Octoberfest today we usually attend and she felt sad to miss; she's blessed to have options. C wanted M this weekend for this feis, yet, I think it was just Sh, Si, and M traveling up there yesterday. Just as well, as C seems to hate the feiseanna themselves, just isn't his thing. He may have joined them later or today, I really don't know.
So, I wait to hear the scores, not sure if I'll "be allowed" to talk with M at all this weekend (even if we should be allowed open communication). I'm hoping that someone posts them on the Irish dance message boards. I think she's ready to redeem herself, after she and I (she says just I) screwed up her schedule for the last one we went to and she missed most of her dances. I told her that she should go out there and show those Mid-America dancers / girls just how well she does it:) She says she feels really good about one in a couple weeks. She seemed happy Friday as she walked with her classmates for an advisor group game time and I dropped off her three bags of gear (one bag per dress, and a "stuff" bag), "That'd be helpful," M responded when I told her I'd also put in her dance shoes.
Some of her groups are split today, i.e., so many competitors in that particular level/age/dance, that it's split into an A and a B group (with winners for each). Sometimes that's done by birthdate (and M's July bdate sometimes still has her in the older group), sometimes it's alphabetically or computer-generated random. Sh didn't sign M up for treble reel, but she did sign M up for Prizewinner Light Jig, with only 1 other dancer. I usually always did, also, until she got her first in Novice light jig, but mostly for more of a "practice" dance, warm her up. Generally, dancers at the prizewinner level don't dance light jig competitively; it's not one of the "most get a first place in to move up" required dances. That's fine, though, even with just M and one other competitor (which means a win wouldn't "count," anyway, as a minimum of 5 comeptitors is required). Light jig was scheduled a bit after her reel, as reel is usually first, and M does a great reel, Daisy's Reel she and TCRG Ma created for M, so M hopefully felt good and ready to go after her reel and light jig, i.e., by her slip jig.......... Then it's on to hard shoes, with treble jig first (then hornpipe). M somehow didn't practice slip jig at all in class this past week, but she said she did feel good about her treble jig. Good.
This feis also has a sibling dance, which I so enjoyed at Celtic Fling feis this summer. It means that different siblings dance together in a figures dance, from a 2-hand (2-person), up to however many siblings. (Some feiseanna hold family dances, or parent / child.) Naturally, Si and M were scheduled for a 2-hand sibling dance. It originally started just for fun, yet Si is capable of not only executing but memorizing rather complicated steps for a mere 5-year old, and it's really quite good. They were also scheduled for either a U-13 or U-14 2-hand.
So I'm taking a break from visiting Dad and everything there, and visiting his home with the contractor, waiting for his one Rx to be refilled, and cuddles with Billy or Tinker(bell), and long walks with Daisy and Indie..... I'm so tired, I really could nap. Yet, depending upon how this feis runs, it could be about done, or M's part done. If so, and if C joined up which he may have, with his sister maybe also coming to watch and all, he's usually quite anxious to pack up and LEAVE. (She wasn't registered for either traditional set nor treble reel which are usually at the end of a feis -- the treble reel, however, being in the mid-america region, has a different unison step at the very end, which a dance.net friend showed M how to do at the recent mid-America feis, and M got 2nd place out of 32 dancers (41 registered)!!!
I did text M this morning (not even sure if her cell phone made it). I am trying to be patient before calling her (her phone, then I'll try either Sh's or C's). YAWN.
I hope she's happy:) I'm sure she's walking away with SOMETHING, just eager to share it with her. I miss not being there. It's okay, though; she knew I wouldn't be. Still. I wanna know; I wanna talk with her! lol (Besides, she may have found another "striking" solo dress she wants to tell me about. She found one at the last feis that Ma says looks striking on M, and the current owners mother and I both agree.) :)
And it's more fun than paying bills, Dads or mine. Or laundry (his, mine, M's). And worrying so as he's fighting some bug or something right now (he'll be alright just ugh). Decisions, even about his house.