One day, as Frank was engaging in harp practice, he gazes at the front cover of one of his music books and sees a picture of a ballerina. That reminds him of the time Frank took his family to the Nutcracker Ballet one holiday while he was on break from his 6th tour in Afghanistan. His close friend and brother in arms turned traitor and enemy Billy Russo (aka Jigsaw) went along with them to see the show as well. He remembers seeing in the orchestra pit 2 gold harps and 2 harpists who played beautiful music on them as the ballerinas danced around and around on stage throughout the show.
His baby girl Lisa was entirely mesmerized and in awe at the sight of the ballet dancers moving gracefully to the accompaniment of all those harps and their music. When the ballet was over, as they were leaving the theater, she gleefully told everyone that when she grows up, she wants to be a ballerina and dance to the music of the harp just like what she saw in the concert. Sadly, his daughter, who was killed in Central Park alongside her brother and mother, will never be around to dance to it. And Frank ultimately ended up being the only one providing the harp music.
He begins to play a really slow version of “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies”, a well-known piece from The Nutcracker, in front of a photo of his daughter which he keeps on his music stand. The photo shows Lisa when she was 7 years old wearing a tutu dress her mother, Maria has bought for her when she first started ballet. He remembers watching Uncle Billy give Lisa her first lesson in ballet by teaching her how to twirl around in a pirouette, carefully holding onto to her hand as she slowly twirls around and around, trying to balance on one leg while touching her knee with the other.
Maria then took Lisa to her first ballet class where she first learned about being a ballerina. Needless to say, Lisa found ballet to be very hard and unlikeable. The last time she did ballet, she did a dance move that caused her to crash into a bunch of chairs and sprang her foot. Ouch! She cried and cried as she was promptly helped up by her ballet teacher who used her smartphone to call her parents over to come pick her up and take her to the hospital.
In a flash, Frank rushed over to his baby girl and brought her to the hospital where the doctors placed her sprang foot inside of a cast as Frank watched in the clinic room. As she was leaving the hospital on crutches, she regretfully told her dad that she didn’t want to do ballet anymore. It was way to hard for her to do all the things the ballet performers were doing at the Nutcracker concert that looked so easy to do but it was very hard for Lisa to do. Frank understood and gave her a kiss for putting on a great effort in trying ballet. She gave it her best shot at trying out at being a ballerina. But it turned out to be not for her. She wasn’t cut out to be a ballerina at all.
Eventually, Lisa recovered from her sprang foot long enough for her to settle for trying out on doing yoga which she finds a whole lot better and easier for her to do than spinning around and around like some crazy top.
That was then. Today she’s gone along with her son and her mother. But the memories of her, Jr, and Maria still lingers on.
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