This weekend was Ale´s 2nd gymnastics competition this year. The first, she did great and won two silver medals, one bronze and her team won gold all around! Yeap, that is pretty great! and it sure makes for a great weekend, and a reason to celebrate... ¨life is good, is easy and fun!¨ But then life comes around and pitches a curved ball.... and this time Ale fell off the beam which is where she does best, after that, she got really nervous and lost her concentration, which made her land terrible in her floor routine, after that.. it was like a snowball getting bigger and bigger. It was so hard seeing her hold back her tears through out the whole thing, I just wanted to go hold her and protect her, just get my little girl and come home and rock her to sleep. When it was over, she cried and cired... and cried, she was mad, she was frustrated, she was angry... I tried to calm her down a million ways, until I realized that maybe loosing was the medal we all as a family had to earn, the medal of standing back up, and not letting a bad day ruin a whole year of excitement, fun and friends. And learning that a medal does not define us, what defines us is something much greater, more sublime, shinier, but we don´t wear it around our necks as a prize, is something we work for our entire lives.
Life is not about winning, life is not perfect, we all know there will be times when even though we deserve something we will not get it. Life is not fair either, it is not easy, and the sooner they understand this the better for them! The secret is to celebrate life, the happy moments, the giggles with your friends, the nights with your family, the little things... not the medals! I don´t want them to value themselves for winning, but by the size of their heart, and for the smile they put on the people around them. That´s whats important, that is what matters when the sun comes down.
For this, the only thing that I as a mom will strive for, is to raise three women who are exceptional at heart, my hope for them is in their spirit, in their character, in their hearts. This is where I want them to be the best at, exceptional... amazing! I want them to strive to achieve their dreams, which ever dream that is, I want them to put their heart and soul into being good, kind, happy and brave girls, I want them to love with all their might and I want them to be loved. And then I want them to know that in my heart they are by far the most perfect beautiful girls that I always dreamed of!
So Ale, you just learned one great life lesson... keep smiling baby you are doing great!
As for me... my shiniest medal, the one I strive to earn every single second of every single day... is the sparkle in their eyes.... this sparkle, this twinkle in their eyes, only this I ask of God...
Oh... and next competition is this Friday! so pray please!!!! haha
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