Sometimes the fear is greater than the ability

My youngest daughter is not just a gymnast, she is a good gymnast. She amazes me with her athletic ability, physical strength and attention to detail. Natural talent mixed with genetic disposition has given her the tools necessary for possible greatness, not to mention the fact that she is one of the lucky few that … Continue reading Sometimes the fear is greater than the ability

Gymnastics teaches lessons I didn’t know I needed to learn

Four years later, each gymnastics season still reveals unexpected treasures in my child. For two years we bonded with a couple of amazing individuals who felt more like family than coaches. My daughter knew what was expected of her, she knew where she stood in the hearts of her coaches and she desired to make … Continue reading Gymnastics teaches lessons I didn’t know I needed to learn

There really is no “I” in team

"MOM!" sobbed The Hare, clutching her right hand, "Something is wrong with my finger." We had a houseful of people for Easter, our second annual taco bar potluck dinner with two other gymnastics families. The kitchen was piled high with half eaten plates, empty glasses, raucous laughter and genuine conversations. Six girls had been in … Continue reading There really is no “I” in team

But she seems so normal.

Home schooling just seemed weird. Not normal. I pictured families with 20 kids, living on farms, who argue via Bible verses, sew their own clothes and participate in food co-ops. Home schooled children must have awkward social skills, skewed ideas of gender roles in society and a limited ability to work well with others. They … Continue reading But she seems so normal.

Everything My Daughter Needs to Know She’s Learned From Gymnastics

Life  by Charlotte Bronte LIFE, believe, is not a dream So dark as sages say; Oft a little morning rain Foretells a pleasant day. Sometimes there are clouds of gloom, But these are transient all; If the shower will make the roses bloom, O why lament its fall ? Rapidly, merrily, Life's sunny hours flit … Continue reading Everything My Daughter Needs to Know She’s Learned From Gymnastics