Now it's time for spring cheer. This is new for her. The new youth team we joined in the fall is having a spring cheer class - a conditioning class so to speak. Of course we signed up!
Tonight was the first class. She came home smiling - she met a new friend, a couple of her teammates from the fall were there, and her coaches gave her a big hug.
"But I totally embarrassed myself Mom. I can't even do a backward roll or cartwheel. So embarrassing". That's what she focused on when she got home.
For years we avoided sports and athletics ----- with Marfan Syndrome there are just so many things that could happen so we never put her in any activity that carried too much risk or that we would have to take away later on. We never encouraged strengthening exercises. And now our girl is paying for that.
The mom in me is sad that she was embarrassed. The mom in me is also so proud of her ---- I asked her if she was so embarrassed that she didn't want to go back. She looked at me like I was crazy and said "Mom!! Of course I am going back!" Even after feeling like she is the only one who can't do something, my girl is going back and trying again.
And this mama is going to help her. Her need for strengthening exercises and my need to rid myself of these last few baby pounds will be partners ----- her goal is my goal: cartwheel by the end of spring cheer. Simple and obtainable.
My girl rocks. That Spirit Award was - and continues to be - well deserved.