Thanks for your kind post Sneak. It really is something I would like to do someday. Again, I find it most rewarding when you can make a child smile!
It probably won't happen until my daughter graduates high school. She starts in the Fall, so that is a mere 4 years. Between working part-time, being a full time "hands on" mom, keeping a household going, and volunteering, I find myself pretty busy! Plus, to be honest with you, I want to enjoy the last few years with my daughter and focus on her before she is off to college. We don't have any children in our neighborhood, and unless I could schedule play-dates for my daughter when she was growing up, I was always her number one play mate. So as you can imagine, we are extremely close. I want to enjoy these last few years that she will actually "need" me. LOL, oh, gosh, don't get me on my sentimental streak!
As to the magic side of things and your comment about liking the "hornet's nest" story, it is a prime example why being prepared is so important. That was her first "private" performance. Her first "public" performance had an even bigger "surprise" in store for her. I posted that story around here somewhere too. Yet, again, she handled it with grace and we were so proud of her. That is the message that I want to send out to some of the kids here, that things will go wrong -- so the better prepared you are, your greater chance of having a successful show.
I always tell my daughter when rehearsing, even if YOU know something went wrong, keep smiling, keep performing, and if you do, chances are the audience will not have a clue that something went wrong.
Again, thank you for your positive encouragement! Magic has led us to some very wonderful and thoughtful people and has really brightened up our lives with their kindness and helpfulness.