Last Friday Emma Grace had her Level 1 gymnastics competition. I’ve always loved watching the Winter Olympic gymnastics competitions on TV. While this was on a much smaller scale, the mats were all a buzz with activity…floor exercise, uneven bars, parallel bars, vault…it was great!
My kids were started a new school this year. It was hard. They, fortunately, made friends quickly, but the homework load and the adjustment was almost too much for Emma Grace. The first two months she begged me twice a week to let her quit gymnastics. I told her no, that we weren’t going to make any decisions like that for at least six months. She was adjusting, and I recognized that, but it was agonizing. Physically making your child go to something because you know it’s probably the best for them is not an easy task.
I’m glad I didn’t relent, though, because she’s in an entirely different place now. She loves going to practice. She did so well at competition that she came home with a gold medal! I’m so proud of her for sticking it out when it was hard. I hope she’s learned an important lesson about perseverance!