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A Farewell to the Ice

Saturday, March 12, 2011

My daughter hangs up her skates tonight.

She has skated since she was 13 years old. I have watched her grow, glide, jump and spin for 5 years. I have sat hours upon hours upon hours at skating rinks and driving to competitions. It has been such a joy, pleasure and privilege to see her "grow up" on the ice.

Her hanging up those skates signify so many things to me. My first child is getting ready to leave and go to college .. my first of two children to leave the nest.

My daughter's figure skating has taught me so much. I have learned to appreciate athletes like never before. The girt and determination to learn one simple move is unbelievable; the hours of practice it takes to make a 2 minute program look flawless.

Like all of us in Spark People we have to work with the same grit and determination, always keeping our eyes on our goals. Like a figure skater we will fall many times, we just have to pick ourselves up and try again, again and again until we get it right. And then when we think we've got it nailed down, something might come along .. a "bump" in the ice so to speak and once again we have to shake it off and try again.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and letting me share my joy. Now I'm off to see my daughter skate and make her final bow.

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    Wow. Hope your daughter has a fantastic final skate. She must be torn to leave it and then prepare for college. My daughter is in her freshman year at college. She played softball and loved it but it was time to move on. She plans to play softball recreationally this summer since she loves it so much but I don't think she would trade her first year in college.

    Time for change for all of us. Your daughter will be so proud of you for what you are doing, taking care of yourself. You'll be so proud of her for who she is becoming.

    Hope you enjoy yourself today.
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    3605 days ago
    Great analogy.

    What a mixed set of feelings. It is hard to see a child leave the nest, but it is what you work for while they are young. Blessings.
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    Ohhhhh what a tearful time.... Pride and sorrow and excitement all mingled together! Blessings to your daughter for ALL her future endeavors! You will continue to enjoy her new growth Terri! That's what we mom's do! emoticon
    3606 days ago
    I felt that way about he pool. Between my two boys, we spent 11 years at the pool. We could not have spent our time with a greater bunch of kids and parents. They were really the go-getters.

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    Have fun Terri!! I appreciate your words of wisdom here. We must and can get up if we stumble or fall! emoticon
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