As the song says, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile!” and Molly was smiling from ear to ear when she got to go see the national tour of Annie in our hometown on Friday night. Refer back to my previous blog post “The Sun Did Come Out Tomorrow” to read all about how my husband won us the tickets.
The day started out with Molly excitedly springing out of bed knowing the day had finally come that she would be able to put on her Annie dress and go see her “idol” live on the State Theatre stage. I had a pretty hard time keeping her occupied all day but was happy when she told me she wanted to take a nap so she wouldn’t be tired for the show.
Daddy came home from work and we started getting ready for our big Mommy Daughter date night. I curled her hair, to the best of my ability since she is only 2. And we put on her dress and “fancy shoes”. When she came down to show off how beautiful she looked, Daddy was waiting with her very own Annie locket.
We finally were ready and on our way. She told me I looked like Ms. Hannigan but I know she meant that out of love. Ha Ha!
From the moment she walked into the theatre she was in awe. Her eyes focused on the Annie merchandise and I knew I was in trouble. She had a hard time deciding between a t-shirt and a doll. But then said “Doll Mommy! I love her!” So I payed for the overpriced Annie doll but it was so worth the smile and kiss I got in return. Besides maybe one day she will pass it down to her daughter. Priceless!She ate up all the attention that she was getting in her mommy’s Annie dress. She was already singing and dancing as we got ushered to our amazing box seats.
As soon as the orchestra started she clapped, smiled, and started singing during the overture. My eyes welled up with tears that I got to experience such a special time in her life. She was completely fixated on Annie & the orphans. And for a toddler at a musical she did a great job. There was one moment that was comical. During the first black out she yelled out “Hi Miss Meghan!” to her teacher that was seated in the orchestra below us. As the lights came back up Miss Meghan was laughing and gave Molly a wave.Thank God that was the only thing that happened out of the ordinary. I kept candy on hand for her during the slower parts and she sat happily munching on M&M’s and Twizzlers between her dance brakes. The women next to us said she was enjoying Molly more then the show and all the week long worry I had on how she would behave went completely out the window.
As the show came to a close she was on her feet cheering and clapping for Annie & Sandy. “I love you Annie!” She yelled out to them. And then as the curtain closed and the audience filed out into the night she had the biggest meltdown EVER! Why?!?! Because she couldn’t go on stage and see Annie. She cried all the way to the car about that but as soon as she saw Dada she said “I loved the show Dada! Thank You!” And with that a very tired little girl was carried up to bed after the night of her life, by her very own Daddy Warbucks.