BRAT - (noun)

Brat- (noun)

1.A child, especially a spoiled or ill-mannered one.

2.A child of a career military person.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Madame Butterfly

This week Lizzy is home for spring break. As a special treat for both of us - a late birthday present for her and early for me, we went to see the National Opera Company perform Madame Butterfly at the Kennedy Center. There are some disadvantages to living in this area - the crazy traffic, crazy schedules, long hours put in by hubby's job - but the trade off is we live close to so many national treasures and as much culture as we would ever want! I have seen several opera's, but it's been a long time since I have been to the opera and it was such a treat to see a world reknown company. And, Madame Butterfly is beautiful on every level - the scenery, the staging, the orchestra, the voices, the story is so tragic but romantic, and the music is just gorgeous. Ahh... it was a lovely evening. Part of what made the evening extra special for both of us was going to see the performance with her boyfriend and his mom. Lizzy has known Kit for a long time, but they have only been dating for about 5 months. And, he is here and she is usually in Pittsburgh, so it was nice for her to get to have such a special evening with such a special someone. How many 19 year old guys do you know that like opera? He's a keeper.

As Lizzy and I were getting ready to leave, Michelle saw her sister in a pretty dress. Then, she came in and saw Mommy in a special dress. And she was not happy about the fact that she was in pants and a t-shirt. So, she grabbed my hand, pulled me to her closet and said, (quite emphatically I might add,) "I am not wearing this! I want a dress!" And not any dress would do - she wanted her Christmas frilly dress. I put it on her, but told her she could not eat the pizza we had just ordered as long as she was wearing the dress. Daddy reported to me later that evening that finally just before bed she relented and took off the dress, finally eating her pizza. The girl knows what she wants, and she choose looking good over pizza last night.

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