Dinners being hosted?
Premier tickets being sold to me?
Who wants to come?
Written by Mindy at 6:43 AM
I teach a cheer camp every summer to little girls for an entire week.
While I won't admit to you whether or not I was a rah-rah ('cause most of you already know), I will say it's all the more hilarious to see 4-6 year olds being rah-rahs. (In case you didn't know, rah-rah - a.k.a cheerleader - was dubbed after the ever-famous: rah, rah, sis, boom, bah).
They discuss who has the best outfit (though they explain their best ones are usually at home for some reason). They discuss what moves they can do. Then they show me. Awesome. They tell me stories about their family - that I'm pretty sure their family wouldn't want told. Awesomer.
Did I mention:
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Backtracking a bit.
Emmy "graduated" from preschool.
Now while it was all really adorable and everything, I kept hearing Craig Nelson's character saying, "They keep inventing new ways to celebrate mediocrity!"
I don't think you mediocre, Em. You're really special and stuff.
But they had real gowns for them all to wear, they called their names one by one, and there were musical numbers. Did I mention she's moving from one unnecessary school level to another (as far as I know Kinder is still not required, right?).
As I move onto the bigger picture here, I can't help but think of the kids' soccer team last season in which they all received trophies for.... winning? nope. trying hard? nope. showing up to the games/practices? nope.
paying the fee up front? yup.
What are we teaching these children?
That it's not necessary to try your hardest.
That winning isn't important (I know, "as long as you have fun..." blah blah)
That things like sportsmanship, grades, and effort don't really matter.
That you don't even have to cross the finish line to get something.
That as long as ma & pa pay the way, we can get the shiny gold thing at the end.
Not to shy away from Emmy's BIG moment. It was ... ahem ... neat. But I don't think every kid deserves that medal/trophy/diploma.
Written by Mindy at 2:00 PM
Was ever so relaxing.
Steven had his annual PA conference in San Diego (it's a new city every year). And since his company pays for him to go, we decided to make a vacation out of it and trick his parents into watching the kids.
It worked like a charm. (We're so sneaky!)
Steven and I had never been to San Diego together. So, besides making time for his classes, we made time for other stuffs, too.
Written by Mindy at 6:25 AM