I AM CareGiver, Self-Care

Respite Outing: The Ballet

Once in a while, one of my brothers makes themselves available to “help” Mom and Dad that I can get out for some well-deserved “me” time. It usually does involve begging on my part, but, as a Caregiver, ya do whatcha gotta do… right?!

This past weekend I had an opportunity to go to a ballet production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a friend from high school. She and I reconnected last year in preparation for our (ahem) 40th Class Reunion, which neither of us actually got to. Anyway, another high school friend wasn’t able to attend the final performance of the season, and they thought of me, which was very sweet.

I managed to finagle 5 whole hours away and enjoyed the matinee performance and then a bite to eat with my friend! We arrived at the theater with 15 minutes to spare. We had fabulous center seats, maybe 10 rows from the stage. I had never seen a professional ballet before, nor did I really know the story line of this Shakespeare classic.

For those of you who don’t know the story, it was described as “a happy tangle of plots and subplots about the lovers and adventures of mortals and mystical beings”. In the world of mortals, Hermia and Lysander are in love. Demetrius also loves Hermia and Helena loves Demetrius. Of course, Hermia’s father has promised Hermia to Demetrius. Meanwhile, Oberon, King of the fairies, and Titania, his queen, are quarreling over a changeling child. Oberon wishes that the child, who has been placed in Titania’s care, become part of his court. Oberon’s jester, a mischievous fairy who delights in playing pranks on mortals, obtains the bewitching juice of a flower pierced by Cupid’s arrow and manages to sprinkle it in the eyes of all the mortal lovers and Titania, causing confusion and chaos. Later, Oberon creates a magical fog, and under its cover, all is put right. Titania is reconciled with king Oberon, and the mortals are happily paired off.

It was amazing!! The stage sets, the costumes, the live orchestra and choir, and ohhhhh the dancing! The show included some wonderful comedy and was very well done. I don’t think this will be my last ballet! (Next year they are doing Peter Pan!)

Afterward, we stopped at an Empanada Bar for a light supper and some catching up. The empanadas were baked rather than deep fried (yay!), and oh so delicious! I ordered 3: one filled with chicken pesto, one with thai chicken and one with mushrooms and Parmesan. They came with a side of tasty jicama slaw. We each capped off our meals with a key lime cheesecake empanada dusted with powder sugar. Holy cow!

Respite opportunities are few and far between for me. I was lucky with this one: I got to catch up with a friend, see my first professional ballet, and try out a new restaurant. A perfect trifecta, if you ask me! I’m not sure when my next respite break will be, but this one is sure to be a tough act to follow!

I invite you to share your most recent respite activities in the comments below. I’m always looking for interesting things to do!


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