Although those are fairly high purposes.
We manned the van to go see 2 of 8 as she performed in Holland, Michigan, after completing a two week ballet intensive in the discipline of Cecchetti, an Italian form of ballet.
The twins did not.
After a cumulative 22 hour drive, I found myself leaving halfway through 2 of 8's performance as 8 of 8 proceeded to throw what we Southerners call a 'wall-eyed fit'.
That means 'a really big one' to you who are uninitiated in Southerneze.
My sister-in-law with the PhD in biomolecular chemistry (not to be confused with the sis-in-law who is a successful CPA or the other sis-in-law who is a math educator....yes, it's intimidating, thank you...) went with me to wrangle babies. I had stopped by her home in the smack dab middle of the country for a few days on my way to Holland and she offered to come with me for this leg of the trip. She and I were two ships in the night during the performance, passing on the stairs to the balcony of the theatre, trying to sneak peeks of 2 of 8.
Thankfully, there were two performances.
Here's Dr. Sis-in-Law.
She's awfully brave.
My niece also tagged along for the adventures...another brave soul.
Even if you have to stand in the stairwell of the balcony to watch.
...while wrestling a furious toddler....