We almost didn't go to the auspicious occasion, though, as Amanda has a fear of crowds and was a nervous wreck at the thought of having to walk in front of a group of people to receive an award. I spent a good deal of the morning dealing with teenage wailing, door slamming, and the gnashing of teeth but finally my friend Paula, who is an art teacher down at Grasso Tech in Groton, told Amanda to quit giving me a hard time about it and go get her darned award. She even agreed to meet us down there for the ceremony and we could do lunch afterward.
After convincing Amanda that it was simply going to be a bunch of other art students, their parents, and art teachers and all she would have to do was walk up, shake hands, get her award, and smile for a picture she finally agreed to go. It helped that her friend Sami was here to lend moral support and knowing that Paula would be there, too, was probably the deciding factor.
Young at Art show was scheduled from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 2:00 so we arrived around 1:15 or so as parking in Mystic is always dicey at best and with hordes of proud parents flocking to see their offspring's artwork, it was going to be even more of a mess. Luckily we found a spot near the art center and went in to check out the exhibition along with what looked to be several hundred other people. Ut-oh ... was Amanda going to get all nervous again??
At first I think she felt a bit awkward seeing her self-portrait displayed prominently in the middle of the wall surrounded by all sorts of other pieces but once Sami told her how great it was, Amanda seemed to settle down some as we walked around and looked at the other areas of the exhibit. Naturally I had to take a picture with the picture as that's what you do at these sorts of things!
Following our late lunch we walked around a little bit in downtown Mystic and enjoyed a bit of the beautiful day along the Mystic River -
All in all, it was a very nice day made even better by lunch with an old friend and Amanda finding out that she really can walk up, get an award, and not throw up on her shoes as she she feared she would do! I'm so proud!