Well, we survived the road trip and even enjoyed it! Veteran parents, coaches, and even bus drivers helped smooth the way. They knew exactly what we would need to bring and do, and where to be when and for how long. It was impressive. Next time, I'll bring a little less reading material for myself, so I don't have to haul it around. Who has time to read?!
My daughter's team skated late in the day (4 p.m.) which left plenty of time for nervousness--among kids and parents. The girls skated well, but had a fall that cost them some points. They didn't place in the top 5, which was disappointing. But they knew they had tried hard and will get another chance to compete in just two short weeks. It's no surprise that they were downright giddy with relief and camaraderie on the bus ride home!
The trip left me feeling very proud of all the girls on our club's three teams, and more excited than ever about this sport. It may be lesser-known than many others, but its special combination of skill and grace is thrilling to watch.
Photo: Catherine Holecko