Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Katie Playing Volleyball
Last year in seventh grade, Katie went to a couple of volleyball practices (at our little school, sports' practices are during lunch recess and games are on Fridays after lunch). She got very discouraged because she wasn't very good, and didn't try out. My college roomie, Kelly, came to visit shortly after and helped Katie work on her volleyball skills. This year Katie went to tryouts and started at the first game on Friday.
I'm always proud of my kids, but this fall Katie's really impressed me. She ran for Student Council President against three other very qualified students--she lost, but the point is, she tried. She got up in front of the whole school and made a wonderful speech, and was brave enough to try to do something that she might fail at.
Volleyball is the same thing. She struggled with it last year, but worked hard and came back this year to be successful. She's 4'10" and never been on the volleyball team beore this year, but kept going.
Somehow this all fits in with the epiphany I had last year--but somehow, my kids 'get it' now, while they're young, rather than when they're 43. Yay!