First, I want to tell you how proud I am of Pickle this week. She is a lot of wonderful things, but risk-taker is not usually one of them. She prefers to know in advance how everything will go before she decides to proceed. Obviously, she doesn't always get that preference, but when she can opt out of situations that are completely out of her comfort zone, she often does. As I've mentioned before, she is heading to a new school for high school next year, and that alone is a bit anxiety producing. This school has an excellent (6x state champion) volleyball team. She casually mentioned to us that she'd like to play. She has never pursued any athletic endeavors--she was a dancer only. She has little volleyball experience--basically only PE class. We all sort of dismissed the idea, thinking that she might be out of her league on this one.
Then I helped with Field Day at the elementary school and met the PE teacher there who helps with the volleyball program. She asked if Pickle played and told me of the C team that often doesn't have cuts. Hmmm. Pickle dismissed the news--saying she had given up on the idea. Fine.
Fast forward to this week, when a discussion about keeping fit led to Pickle saying that she still wanted to pursue volleyball. We hop on the internet and find out the volleyball camp was (of course) this week. She had missed half of it--but hubby was able to find out she could attend for the last two days. SO, my non-risk-taker daughter, with no volleyball experience, knowing nobody, halfway through a camp that the girls had been at for days--walked into the gym and gave it a go. She was super-nervous, but decided that it was worth pressing through the anxiety. That is the part I am proud of--that at this point in her life she has begun to figure out that sometimes you push through fear to pursue a dream.
And, she liked it. She is sore and bruised--but she did it. She made a new friend or two. She has plans to work hard this summer in preparation for the late-summer tryouts. I don't care if she plays on the team (okay--I'd love it, cause it's my favorite sport!), but what I'm proud of is that she is going for it!
Today, we are off to a VBX work day. Tomorrow too. We are working hard to paint and build and set the stage for a great adventure! We will be doing some of this:
can you believe they let me touch power tools??
and lots of this:
What are you doing today??