S: Ballerina Lily!
BC: Merry Christmas 2010
FC: Ballerina Lily! | by Aunt Cathy
1: Merry Christmas! Love, Aunt Cathy | 2010
2: Meet Lily. | She is two years old.
3: Lily can do many things. Sometimes she helps her mommy clean. Sometimes she makes up games with her water bucket in the backyard. Lily likes animals, except for cows. They are smelly.
4: Lily has a baby sister named Ella. Sometimes she is fun to play with, but sometimes she just gets in the way. Lily helps her mommy take care of Ella. "No Ma'am, Ella-bear!" she says.
5: Lily likes to play pretend. She puts on her butterfly wings and dances, or wears her funny glasses. She takes long rides in her cardboard boat.
6: But there is ONE pretending game that Lily likes better than all the others. More than anything, Lily wants to be a ballerina.
7: A ballerina can... | wear beautiful satin toe shoes, | dance "en pointe", | and twirl gracefully around the stage.
8: Once Lily went out into the driveway to practice being a ballerina. She pretended it was her stage. But then it rained. Lily was sad. She almost cried.
9: Lily sat and wondered if she would ever get to be a REAL ballerina.
10: One day, while she was eating breakfast, Lily saw two tickets lying on the table. She asked her mommy what they were for. | Mommy said, "Lily, I have a surprise for you! I'm taking you to see a ballet." Lily was SO excited that she couldn't finish her breakfast!
11: Finally, the day of the ballet arrived! Lily sat with her mommy and stared up at the dancers on the stage. It was so beautiful!
12: At the very end, the prima ballerina got a bouquet of roses. Lily clapped and clapped!
13: After going to the ballet, Lily knew for sure that she wanted to learn how to dance on stage.
14: So the next day, Lily decided to go learn ballet. She put on her favorite shoes and she went out the door. She walked and walked. Finally, she arrived at the theater.
15: Lily opened the door to the theater and walked in. | She saw a ballerina practicing positions at the barre.
16: In the next studio, there was a lady teaching a whole group of dancers. Lily asked the teacher if she could learn too. The teacher said yes!
17: After practice, the teacher asked Lily if she would like to dance in their next performance. "Oh yes!" Lily answered. The teacher sent her to choose a ballet tutu.
18: Lily's family came to the ballet again that night. They saw many dancers, but one was their favorite...
19: ... Ballerina Lily! The end.