Cheer is winding down with only a few more competitions left and then we are heading into gymnastics comp season….or are we?
I’m going to do my best at making this brief , yet informative, not for you, not for me, but so one day my daughter will look back and know how much I thought this out and why I made the executive decision on the direction we are going to take.
A lot of people compliment Holland while over complimenting me by saying she got your genes and talent in tumbling etc. from me. The truth is, is that that is a very generous over compliment. She is 100x better at the young age of 8 then I ever was in my entire lifetime.
A month ago I was contacted and given a generous offer for Holland to have her gymnastics comped, like a sponsorship/scholarship of sorts (a $400 a month value). I was thrilled for her. But I never responded. I didn’t know how to respond because I felt her disengaging in the gymnastics scene.
She was starting to ask me questions on the way to gymnastics if she could take hip hop and acro with her friends, instead of going to gymnastics. I even let her tryout the classes. She loved them.
So in an internal struggle and debate, I made the decision to decline the scholarship offer and move Holland into a dance studio. Obviously I have struggled with this. Holland has the drive and determination and potential to excel in the world of gymnastics. But she has expressed to me that she loves the cheer world and wants to go in that direction which she also is excelling in. Its just hard to let go of the thing that got you to where you are. I credit gymnastics to getting her to where she is. It was a very difficult phone call to make to tell them we are not continuing with it. (it was an emotionally draining big decision especially because she was so excited to make the team initially)
So we have pulled out officially of gymnastics, and have replaced it with a few other classes that will broaden her talents. I want to also add that Holland is excited she gets to have playdates. She has made so many friends within our immediate area and is thriving! I am so happy for her. Although this decision has weighed on my heart, I feel like we are going in the right direction.
I love being your mom Holland, and pray constantly I am the mom you need me to be.