As you all know, Rachel’s major activity is gymnastics. This past year has been a big transitional year for her in the gym. She switched gyms last Fall, and she has had a lot of catching up to do. She wasn’t in any competitions this past year, which was really tough.
Fast forward to June 2014. Despite lots of frustration and a huge learning curve, she seems really happy now. I am cautiously optimistic. I have seen very talented girls clutching to a parent and begging to leave the gym – middle school age kids that had been on the team a long time! Given the un-predictability of what a kid finds interesting or is willing to do, I am afraid to be overly confident about Rachel’s progress. (Pride cometh before the fall…..) For now, though, I will share some recent video. It feels like ages since I have bragged on her gymnastics – no competitions and lots and lots of uncertainty have a way of hushing up an over-zealous gym mom.
Below is a video taken today of Rachel doing round-off backhand springs. She is on a tumble track, but this is a huge improvement! I am sure it still needs lots of work, but the coach thinks the skill is getting much more secure and she can do them on the floor now.
Here is a video taken about a month ago. One night after her regular practice (notice the messy hair), Rachel wanted to show me cartwheels on the beam. It had been over a year since she had done that trick, so I was a little surprised. She was eager to show off that skill. I was so happy, thrilled in my heart actually, that she had the internal motivation and excitement in the sport.
But, like I said, this could be short-lived. I just have to take a deep breath and support her 110% and not worry about how long this interest will continue. I need to be the happy and cheerful mom that gives her a pat on the back no matter how good or bad practice went. I should be the mom that is proud of her daughter whether she sticks a skill or falls or doesn’t pay attention or has to do 100 rope climbs for being goofy….