Proud Parent Weekend
It was quite the weekend around here. With the school year winding down (4 more days), it was time for all the end of the year activities.
Friday was Dude’s first track meet. There is an annual elementary school track meet for grades 3-5. Dude, who loves to run (short distances) has been looking forward to being on the track team since he was in Kinder and watched his sister. He had made the team for the 200m race and the 4×100 relay.
There were 8 schools that participated in the event. They also had field events of a softball throw and two long jump events.
The 200 m race was first. He did great. Third graders are not so adept at pacing. He was hanging in with the lead pack for the first 100m, and then 2 kids pulled away. The second pack of kids was a pretty close finish, Dude was 5th.
He was the first leg of the 4x100m relay. With the staggered start, it was pretty hard to see how his leg went (especially as I’m not so experienced at watching track events), but he made a great pass of the baton to his teammate. As the boys rounded the final turn for the pass to the 4th leg, we realized that their team was in second! The final leg was super exciting, and his team finished 3rd.
Their 3rd place finish landed them on the podium with a ribbon. The boys were so happy.
I wish I got a picture of the filthiness that was on my son when the meet was over. The kids were all waiting as a team on the field for the whole afternoon. The event was at one of the high schools and the field is artificial turf. I don’t know what is the bottom layer of the stuff, but my kid looked like he’d rolled in dirt for 3 hours.
Better than that, he was so happy. From the time the meet ended until the time he went to bed 2 hours later, I don’t think he ever stopped talking. He was hilarious. And happy.
Saturday was Dancing Girl’s dance recital. Our day began at 5:45AM with breakfast and hair and makeup. A dress rehearsal at the theater took up the whole morning. We had a few hours in the afternoon to go home, eat and rest a bit. However, my kid actually came home, ate and then danced some more. Then she was nudgy and antsy and wanted to go back early.
The girls on the competition team were fantastic helpers during the rehearsal and back stage during the show. My daughter found herself a few preschoolers to keep track of and made some new adorable BFF’s. There isn’t much that’s cuter than a 3 year old in a dance recital.
The show itself was wonderful. It is truly a joy to watch your child do something with so much passion. As a parent, this is what I strive for in raising my children. I want them to find their passion. They don’t have to be the best at whatever it is, they just need to love it.
dance recitals must have flowers
I don’t know if track is Dude’s ‘thing’… but, for now it makes him happy and I’m glad that he can experience something that is so much fun. I do know that dance is Dancing Girl’s ‘thing’.
A quick other note: my niece also had her first gymnastics competition this past weekend. She came to the dance recital on Saturday night proudly wearing her medals and talking about her morning. She was so proud of herself and we were so proud of her. (picture stolen borrowed from my sister-in-laws’ FB page) Isn’t she cute?
Proud parent weekend.