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Sunday, July 23, 2006

And So It Begins Again

-Less than 48 hours after returning home from her 23-day trip to Seattle;
-8 days before two-a-day volleyball practices start; and
-29 days before school is scheduled to begin...

T has already chosen her next battle. She has been talking about playing volleyball all summer. She played last fall and enjoyed herself. I was hoping she'd want to play again and when she eventually announced that she did, I was relieved.

She just came to me and wondered aloud what she would do if her fall semester became "miserable" again as she juggled volleyball, tech crew, and school work. Foolishly, I suggested that because she'd done it once before, it might be a little easier this time around. Also, like a dork, I floated the possibility that perhaps she should stop thinking of it as being "miserable" but rather as being busy doing things she has chosen to do because she enjoys doing them. Yeah, right.

Then came what I didn't realize we were working up to: she doesn't want to play volleyball. Then why has she been talking about playing all summer long? Because she figured I was going to make her play a sport. Well, she's right. Much as I would like peace in the house instead, I think this is important. Without a structured sport, T engages in zero physical activity. It's important she get some form of exercise and this is how she gets it.

Thus far her grades have not been stellar and colleges will want to see that she has been busy trying different extra-curricular activities, including a sport or two. She will work tech crew, which is time consuming, but the coaches and instructors at her school are committed to helping the kids work out conflicts between their various extra-curricular endeavors.

I don't think of myself as a demanding parent. In fact, I'm not. But T's favorite game is to declare how awful and demanding I am and then sulk around and b*tch to her friends about it. Seems she missed the game and decided to start the next round early. It's unfortunate, but I'm not backing down. One sport and one other interest, one that she loves and that won't start in earnest until at LEAST September, are not too much to ask.


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