20 May

I think one of the hardest things about being a parent is the uncertainty of your child’s future.  Of course we hope that she’ll become a productive member of society, but we have no idea if that will actually happen.  And on the way there, we hope that she won’t stumble too many times.  I mean, I expect the requisite number of obstacles (probably more in my daughter’s case), but we’d like to get to the end of the marathon with our child intact (mentally, emotionally, physically…)

 There are so many days when I think we’re not going to make it.  And then there are days like last Saturday.  Days that God gives us to say “See, I’m taking care of you.  It’s going to be fine.  She’s going to be fine.”

 On Saturday morning Abigail competed in the “Fun Meet” at her gymnastics gym.  (A “gymnastics gym” sounds odd and extremely redundant, but what else do you call it?  I digress.)  She is not on a team of any sort; this was just a chance for the kids in recreational gymnastics to do their routines and experience a meet.  I didn’t know how Miss A would do.  I hoped she would really put it all out there and do her best, because I know how great that feels and I thought it would be a great boost for her self-esteem.  But she tends to under-perform sometimes.  She gets distracted, or mad, or sad, or frustrated and she just gets off track. 

 Well, color me PROUD because my little sweetie got out there and blew it out!!  She was fantastic, if I do say so myself.  She rocked it, earning herself four blue ribbons and an all-around medal!!  Woo Hoo!!

 Now I realize that we are talking about recreational gymnastics in small-town Texas, but for my baby girl this was a BIG, BIG deal.  A MAJOR step in the right direction. 

 And most of all, it gives us hope.  Hope that she can succeed.  And accomplish goals.  And reach for her dreams.  I hope…


11 Responses to “Hope”

  1. Patrick May 20, 2008 at 12:10 pm #

    Awesome! Let Abigail know that Patrick is proud of her as well. Hang in there. God has blessed you to be a blessing. You are doing a great job as a parent. I expected nothing less.

  2. meg May 20, 2008 at 3:45 pm #

    Awesome!! Its so great when our little ones give us parents those warm fuzzy moments!

  3. GiGi May 20, 2008 at 6:46 pm #

    Per Webster: Hope is: 1) to desire with expectation of obtainment; 2) a desire accompanied by expectation of, or belief in fulfillment. I think hope and belief are synonymous.

    Too often, however, we use the word hope in statements where we don’t have any expectation or belief that the ‘hoped for’ will come to pass. We say “I hope this or that will happen”, when deep down we don’t really EXPECT that what we hope for will come to pass.

    If we EXPECT or BELIEVE that the things we hope for will happen then how much more likely are those hopes likely to be rewarded? There is power in believing! (Somewhere in all of this is the role of faith, but that needs to be a subject of another blog.)

    Continue to HOPE with/EXPECTATION and the things that you hope for will continue to become reality. Abigail achieves because you believe and expect that she will. It’s not about her wanting to please you, it’s about her getting that extra boost from the belief you have in her!!!

  4. Julie May 20, 2008 at 8:00 pm #

    Don’t forget that so often the characteristics that are obstacles in childhood and in school turn out to be the very traits that push adults into success later in life. I just read a fantastic article in the Wall Street Journal about Kinko’s and Jet Blue’s founders and how their mother’s got phone call after phone call from school principals saying that their kid would be lucky to hold a minimal skill labor type of job. Look at those guys now! Abigail has got a lot of determination and creativity on her side! She’s gonna soar!
    And tell her “Miss Julie” is SO proud of her gymnastics meet and that she looks too adorable in pigtails! (:

  5. T May 20, 2008 at 8:28 pm #

    She is sooooooooo adorable! You must be so proud.

  6. FancyPants May 20, 2008 at 11:02 pm #

    Yaaaaaaaay Abigail!!!!!!


  7. kathrynsmoore May 21, 2008 at 7:27 am #

    Thanks everyone!!

  8. Jennifer H May 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm #

    Yay for her! (And for you!)

    Parenting does feel like holding one’s breath for a really long time, sometimes. It’s great to get these moments (especially one she worked for so hard) , and to feel like things will be all right.

    Thank you for stopping by my place and for your comment. I’m definitely going to start special time at our house.

  9. AMomTwoBoys May 21, 2008 at 11:04 pm #

    Yay! Awesome! Good for her!

  10. Amy Seay May 22, 2008 at 10:09 am #

    She is so beautiful! Congratulations to Abigail!

  11. Jenny May 22, 2008 at 3:21 pm #

    That’s wonderful! Good for her! I know you must have been so proud, and she must have been so proud of herself. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m looking forward to reading more of yours!

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