Em­brace the sea­son of re­birth

Daily Mail - - Confidential -

LAST week­end was merry. First, came our grand­son’s small Satur­day chris­ten­ing ser­vice, full of friend­ship, fam­ily and hi­lar­ity — when the rum­bus­tious two-year-old re­peat­edly threw his di­nosaurs into the font.

‘What is Easter about?’ asked the vicar. One of our five-yearolds men­tioned eggs, the other said that Je­sus rose from the dead. Both right!

The group of lovely peo­ple in­cluded my daugh­ter’s god­son (eight); in his wheel­chair, Max’s new god­fa­ther Steve, who lost both legs in Afghanistan; and of course my par­ents, so happy to be a part of ev­ery­thing in their 90s, chat­ting to the young.

Then Sun­day evening saw us at the Theatre Royal Bath, for Rais­ing The Barre — the epic once-ev­ery-five-years show per­formed by Bath’s Dorothy Cole­born School of Danc­ing.

Aged three to 18, a vast num­ber of kids danced (to all kinds of mu­sic), sang and per­formed their socks off in front of a packed au­di­ence of proud par­ents, grand­par­ents, si­b­lings, aunts and un­cles, and friends. I reckon we saw some fu­ture stars that night.

Grand­daugh­ter Chloe (five) was on stage for all of five min­utes, but we were all so thrilled to see her twirl. But that wasn’t the best part. No, it’s that your eyes well with tears of af­fec­tion and pride and you yell and clap . . . for other peo­ple’s chil­dren. Yes, all of them.

Their pure tal­ent and en­ergy, and the ef­fort they’d put in (and their teach­ers, of course), was balm for the soul. There was so much love in that au­di­to­rium.

Both the bap­tism and the glo­ri­ous show made me feel so op­ti­mistic. And isn’t this the true mes­sage of Easter?

As I say to Mimi in my main an­swer, this sea­son of re­birth urges us to let spring en­ter our souls and open our hearts to a world where ‘any­thing can hap­pen if you let it’. Where fan­tas­tic young peo­ple (who are the fu­ture) pour their own hearts and souls into the sheer joy of mu­sic and song. And where even a funny plas­tic di­nosaur can be blessed by holy wa­ter.

Bel an­swers read­ers’ ques­tions on emo­tional and re­la­tion­ship prob­lems each week. Write to Bel Mooney, Daily Mail, 2 Derry Street, lon­don W8 5TT, or email bel.mooney@dai­ly­mail.co.uk. A pseu­do­nym will be used if you wish. Bel reads all let­ters but re­grets she can­not en­ter into per­sonal cor­re­spon­dence.

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