|Uh oh, balloons again!
After a shorter than expected week, due to the holiday and a "long" week at work, you know the kind of "long" I'm talking about when I have to use the quotes, right? Well after the "long" yet short week, I almost copped out of my usual random act. That is not to say that I had nor performed an act of kindness before almost running out of time today. That simply means I almost let myself get away with using another project I supported take the place of this week's act. Let me explain...
Once upon a time, I was a professional ballet dancer. As a young dancer in training, I had the wonderful opportunity to train with the Houston Ballet Academy, by invite, after studying there a couple of summers in a row. To be invited to remain as a regular student in such a prestigious school after summer training, well let's just say everyone in the ballet world knows how amazing that is. But I am not here to toot my own horn, well maybe just a little bit, but anyways I'm getting to a point. At the Houston Ballet Academy, I had the astounding luck of being cast in a ballet by a newly burgeoning choreographer named Trey McIntyre, who at the time was also just a student. Although I could tell he was a force to be reckoned with who had more talent in his little pinkie than most people can begin to comprehend, I never knew exactly how far he would take that talent. Trey went on to choreograph for the Houston Ballet at first, but much greater things awaited him. Today, besides being a much sought-after choreographer the world over who has received numerous awards for his works, he also runs his own dance company, the Trey McIntyre Project.
|He's pretty much the shiznit!
With all that said, I did not initially intend to make my contribution to his documentary project my random act of kindness for this week. However, as the week drew to a close and I had nothing else in the works, I decided Friday night I would let myself slide and use it as my deed of the week. But it didn't sit well with me. Although it was a nice gesture to give something to his project, even if it was just a small something in the great scheme of things, I was getting something in return...a thank you note, a DVD copy of the original two ballets that were a part of Trey's seminal collaboration down in The Big Easy, and a copy of the documentary film to be released next year. Plus, I did not give to the project with the intention of using it as my act of kindness for the week. So even though it was a nice gesture, it was a cop out, of sorts, to use it.
So, last night I decided to change all that today. I made a plan. It wasn't a life-changing plan, and it did incorporate balloons, which I have used before, but it was a plan! I decided to get up this morning, get my butt in gear, go grab my nieces as partners in crime, run out to Party City and grab balloons and miniature bottles of bubbles, tie the balloons to the bottles, and drive around handing them out to random children around town. The bubbles were not part of the original plan, they I decided upon once the balloons had been chosen. Who doesn't love bubbles, right? Actually they made Piper cry in the bathtub the other night, but I'll save that hysterical story for later.
|One of the many balloons!
|A view behind my seat!
|View of the passenger side!
|You can sort of see Piper's carrier on the left!
|Good Sport award #1!
|Good Sport award #2!