|Twirling at our school's halftime show with the band this past Friday|
|Before her Aladdin themed dance twirl at competition this past weekend|
After a particularly trying session, where I suggested that maybe she should quit baton twirling and/or competitions, Honey gently suggested that this might be a good time to let her fail. (WHAT?????!?!?!?!?!) This is the same little girl who recently shared that the two things she is scared of are "spiders and failure."
My response was, "But I don't want her to embarrass herself. It happened to me growing up and it was AWFUL." And then it hit me. The Princess and I had been playing tug of war. She thought I was just being mean but I really was trying my hardest to not let her experience the embarrassment I had experienced as a young girl by forgetting my routine in a competition. I had never forgotten that moment and although I am certain it wasn't nearly as bad as I had remembered it to be, it was a moment etched forever in the "Never ever let this happen again" part of my brain. I wanted to spare the Princess from that, but know the best way to learn sometimes is from the fall.
|With Mama Jane who came with us to the competition|
Eight weeks later, a different little girl arrived at the next competition. She was determined, excited, and prepared. She didn't win everything, but I was the proudest mom when she earned 3rd place out of 9 girls in the 7-9 year old group for solo twirling. She had a FABULOUS time competing, meeting new girls, and we had so much fun together.
Saturday night, my heart warmed when she told me, "Mom, you are the best mom in the whole world. Thank you so much for letting me come to the competition. I had so much fun today." It was the sweetest mother/daughter moment and I will always remember it.