I reviewed the mini-movies I took with my digital camera at cheer practice on Wednesday so I could help the squad practice tomorrow. If you had told me, at any point prior to about a month ago, that at 40 years old I would be learning to be a cheerleader, I would've fallen down laughing.
But, it's really good for the girls. You can see that they do feel good when they all do the chant together, and if they get the motions/steps somewhat close. Most of these girls are around 5 or 6 years old, and some of these cheers are pretty complicated for them. They're so cute when they have their uniforms on and they are waving their pompoms around.
I really expected to be barely able to tolerate all this cheer stuff, but I'm suprised to find it is really not bothering me at all. I just hope I'm not being too pushy a mom. I probably am, but in my experience you can't let a group of 5 and 6 year-olds be self-directed, because they don't know how to be. They just need a little guidance and then they're good to go.
We went out to dinner tonight at Red Robin. My dinner was good but overpriced, and I was sitting right under an A/C vent, and it was so loud in there I couldn't hear myself think. I will have to remember all of that for the next time we go there. Seriously, I was miserable and don't want to go through it again. At the same time, the kids were fantastic, and it was quick -- so I really shouldn't complain, right? Eh. At least I didn't have to cook.
I am struggling with some replies to reader questions, so I have just put them aside for now, letting things percolate in the back of my head for a while. When it becomes a struggle is when it's time to put 'em away, I figure. I did manage to get another column over to the new contact at LCL, and hopefully that will go well... and just typing that reminded me of some other chores I should do this evening to make tomorrow run a little more smoothly, so, I'm off!