You could have cut the tension around here with a knife this week.
It was cheer leader tryouts.
The girls had clinic every day after school when they learned the dance.
They practiced until after midnight every night.
Tryouts were Friday.
Caitlin called me crying.
"I said the wrong words in the cheer, I put my hands down in my back tuck"
Then all the girls and moms went out to eat.
We had to do something to pass the time, so we got pedicures.
I am sitting there with my feet in warm water,enjoying my first time for the luxury immensely,when the call comes in...
THE LIST is posted.
No one is allowed on campus until the call.
I drive with my wet toes
Their are girls gathered around THE LIST.
They are quiet when they see Caitlin
When she reads her name the happy screaming starts.
I am weak with relief...
all the way there I have been planning how to comfort her
what will I say?
BUT SHE MADE THE TEAM!!!!!!!!
I got dragged into this cheer mom thing reluctantly.
My sneakers and rock T shirts kinda stand out in this crowd
but sometimes you follow where your children lead you.
Caitlin has had a few disappointments.
She lived, breathed and slept gymnastics.She was number 2 in the state until she seriously shattered her leg when she was in 8th grade.
Her balance was a little off after that and she couldn't' do gymnastics at that level any more, so she went into cheer leading.
So this has been a second dream for her.
I have seen few adults who could change the course of their lives with the grace that she has.
As a tradition, the girls who make the team go roll the coaches' houses.
They rolled the wrong house!
They had to go get the woman and take her and show her the house they accidentally rolled!
and you try not to stereotype....
you try not to talk about cheer leaders being ditzy....