Things For Which We Are Grateful: Gymnast, Coach and Parent Perspectives
It is the week of Thanksgiving and there is so much for which we can all be thankful.
Here are a few items of gratitude from the perspectives of gymnasts, coaches and parents.
Gymnasts’ List of Gratitude:
Your wise coaches:
And loyal teammates:
Your chauffeurs (aka parents):
When a new shipment of leotards hits the proshop:
When the coach forgets to assign conditioning:
When the ballet teacher is sick, so dance is cancelled:
When you finally get your kip:
The excitement of placing in the All-Around at a meet:
And when both you and your best friend made it to Nationals:
That you get to practice indoors, minus snow:
Then there wast that time when your coach said you dance like Nastia:
And, of course, that there are four days off for Thanksgiving so you can do plenty of damage on black Friday!
Coaches’ List of Gratitude:
All of your gymnasts:
And your fabulous coaching partner:
When the whole team qualified for state:
That time a parent compared you to Phil Jackson…
As well as the time when a parent compared you to Coach Taylor on Friday Night Lights:
That Susie got her kip, so you avoided this conversation…
To all of the parents who brought you Starbucks to Saturday morning practice:
And for the times when you broke through one of your athlete’s mental blocks:
The joy when you discover State meet is at a location that can double as a vacation since it’s your wedding anniversary the same weekend:
Lots of great food that you actually get to eat hot, not reheated at 10pm when you get home from work:
And, of course, that there are four entire days off for Thanksgiving which will be spent eating
Parents’ List of Gratitude:
Your gymnast (and that she still has fun doing the sport!):
The coaches that work so hard to keep your athlete motivated and on task:
When you were referred to as a super parent:
That time your toddler wandered out into the gym and lived to tell about it:
When your child is happy in car after practice:
And when she finally got her kip:
That her leo from last season still fits, saving you $200!
When your daughter made it to state:
And state is not the same weekend as your sister’s wedding:
When you found out a new kid just moved on to the team who lives in your neighborhood and wants to carpool:
And, of course, that there are four entire days off for Thanksgiving so you can actually relax for a minute!
May you all enjoy a wonderful holiday filled with family, friends, food and free days from the gym!