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Watching from A Distance

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on January 21, 2019 21:38

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Transitioning from always there to listening to the play-by-play as a parent is really hard.

As a parent, it is always my goal to provide my son with the resources to become successful. I know that means that sometimes I have to step back and let him figure things out. It’s hard. Not just because I worry about him, but it’s hard to not be there to see all those great things happening. I only get the recap.

That bites, big time. Especially when you were there for all the things throughout his childhood from first steps to school awards. 

Several years ago my son asked for a drill rifle. You know the type, a weighted parade rifle. He was on the drill team but wanted to start practicing to enter exhibition competitions. He got the drill rifle as a Christmas present. He spent hours in the backyard tossing and dropping that thing.

I think he even chipped his tooth getting knocked in the face with it. Yes, I started to wonder about my present. But I let him jump in. The problem is there was no one teaching him the craft of exhibition. Not only that, but he couldn’t enter the competitions. His school just didn’t do that.

Then we moved, shipped the drill rifle to Hawaii where he continued to practice in the back yard with a lot of dropping, hand cracking and face evasion. He watched YouTube videos, honing his craft. His jROTC team would do drill meets, but no drill exhibition though he watched some of the other schools compete.

He stopped practicing at home. I didn’t think much of it other than maybe his interests changed. Little did I know that when he was running the drill team at school, he was continuing to practice. Self-taught, still with no coach to show him the ropes.

He finally got a shot to compete this past weekend. His first exhibition meet – I only found out it would happen the day before.

It took every ounce of restraint in this mom to not go to his jROTC meet. He would be embarrassed. I know that. But boy did I want to see him finally get to compete.

He came in 3rd. He surprised his Colonel who hadn’t seen him practice. He might have done better with some tempo changes. His routine was by far the most difficult. He crushed it.

Thank goodness I got the bootlegged video!   

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on January 21, 2019 21:38

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