Thank goodness the beds were comfortable.
My daughter didn't place on any event this year at states. It's tough, you work all year for this one chance at a state medal, and some years you get it (last) and some years you don't (this). To keep everything in perspective, we focus on achievements. It's too easy to get caught up in the "winning" machine. She had two personal bests (bars and vault) and she did everything we hoped she would do; she didn't fall on any event, hit all her skills and had her highest All Around score of the season.
It's not easy to go to a meet without teammates (she was the only 10 year old in the level in her gym) and sleep away from home. It's not easy to do tucks, flyaways and full turns on a balance beam. Gymnastics is like any other sport, and you're only going to be as good as the girls you go up against. Going up against easier gyms and winning the gold doesn't make you a better gymnast. In my eyes, it's tougher to go up against the best and take your chances.
Would a 9.125 on bars have won a different meet? Absolutely. But at states, with the best of the best, it didn't place. That's the way the cookie crumbles, and it forces the gymnast to keep working. Keep achieving. Keep moving forward.
Wouldn't it be a different world if we all had that approach?
Winning doesn't always mean you're more talented. With anything competitive, you have to keep the focus on achieving. As my daughter's old coach said, "there will always be someone better." Isn't that the truth.
This is the only picture I have of my daughter at states. Nerves got the best of us, and other than videos of her routines, we captured nothing.
This is my baby sleeping in the car ride to the meet. Bless her little hard working, free time sacrificing heart.
To top off my crazy busy weekend? Arriving home to a clean house (thanks mom!) and a kitchen table peppered with cards and handmade gifts from my babies. Nothing but love tonight, nothing but love.