This past year I was on a competitive cheer team that competes several times throughout the year. We have competed in Anaheim quite a few times, and we have also competed at the Cox Arena, Sports Arena (IPAY One center) and many other places.
Throughout the year, I have always had my mom there with me. She has driven me to the competitions and from them and has always been there at every single competition, even the long drive to Hollywood to compete at the Kodak Theatre.
At the end of every year, we have a big Nationals competition that is usually a long distance trip, which we would have to take a plane to. In the past my mom has even gone to those competitions with me. Our last one was in Hawaii.
This year was different — my mom wasn’t going. At first I was okay with the fact that this was going to be the first competition my mom wasn’t going to, but once I got there, I realized something was missing. I had always had my mom there to talk to, to hug before I competed and my favorite was when she called my phone and left a message saying how great I did in the performance.
But this time was different, my mom wasn’t there. I had to wake myself up, make sure I ate, checked that I had everything ready to go and also make sure I went to bed at a reasonable time. Going to Florida made me realize how close I am to my mom and how much she means to me.
One day in Florida while at practice, I got into a little argument with one of the coaches, which I usually don’t do. I was tired, it was hot and I just wanted to quit right on the spot, so I walked away. As I walked away, I looked outside and for a split second I thought I saw my mom out by the pool wearing her blue shirt that matches our team colors with her hair up in her usual curly ponytail and I started crying.
Everyone thought I was crying because the coach yelled at me, but I was just so irritated and frustrated, and all I wanted was my mom to be there to talk to me. Taking this trip with my team was an eye opener. Yes, I did have fun once I talked to my mom on the phone, but I also realized all the wonderful things that she has done for me. You never know how much they mean to you until they’re not around.
So after I got over the fact that my mom wasn’t there, I had a lot of fun with my friends and coaches. We stayed up late in the coaches’ room watching movies. We ordered tons of virgin daiquaris. We spent plenty of time in the spa and pool. We went to Universal Studios and on the last day of competition we all jumped into the pool in our uniforms. I guess in order to know how much fun it was to be with a team you really had to just be there.
I will never forget the times I had in Florida and my moments of crying.
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