On a Sense of Occasion

This past weekend, my sister and I took our six-year-old niece to see “The Nutcracker” at our local theatre, a lovely, ornate building rich in warm golden light, beautifully carved wood trims and sparkling light fixtures. It was an all-around beautiful occasion on so many levels — a charming ballet with spritely dancing and gorgeous costumes, a cultural event in a gorgeous setting and a fun family occasion for niece-auntie bonding. (You know how into being an aunt I am.) It was worth it just to hear my niece gasp, “Oh my god, it’s so bee-yoo-tee-full!” when the curtain went