Kate started asking us about a year ago if she could take ballet. We found a studio and enrolled her in the fall. The lessons are twice a week and the monthly tuition is pretty reasonable. I didn’t realize, though, that there is so much more to it than that. The kids started practicing for a Christmas performance in October. Also in October I was hit up for a hefty costume fee. As the day approached, I found out I would also need to pay a hefty rental fee for a second costume. Then I found out I would need to buy a pair of shoes for each costume, new tights, and a new leotard to go under one of the costumes that I had paid a hefty costume fee for. Add to that extra practices and a whole week of my life consumed by performances and dress rehearsals….all to see my sweet middle child dancing to the beat of a different drum and smiling her face off with pride. Priceless.