Today I chatted a little bit with a couple of other moms who seemed to know their stuff so I asked them why the pink shoes come with little bows if the dancers are just supposed to tuck them in anyway, (which is what I overheard last week). They were nice enough to tell me that it helps the shoes stay on (don't ask me how). Then I discovered that this doesn't really matter because Mia has the cheapest shoes I could find, completely unauthentic, with bows that are sewn on so I have no idea how to tuck them in without cutting them. I should have realized that these were not the right shoes when the instructor commented at the first class, "Look at those pink shoes!" So I did look, and they are pink, which seemed right to me, until I saw all of the other girls shoes. They're pink, but not baby pink, more like dirty brownish pink. I decided that this couldn't possibly matter that much and made a mental note to buy the "correct" shoes (probably on eBay) if she ever needed a bigger size. Mia didn't seem to notice or care.
I, however, noted that she was the only one not wearing a tutu or a leotard with an attached skirt, and that she was the only one with her hair not pulled back. I have pulled her hair back in a ponytail since then. Plus, Mia was sure to tell me that we can't "forget" her skirt again! (And here I had thought she didn't notice. I had should have known better; nothing escapes her notice!)