|That's my Katie Clarinet Player to the Drum Major's right (he's in white)|
|Any sense how difficult catching this girl in motion is, let alone when she's flung wide with abandon?|
This used to be my favorite time of the year - softball season. 'Course we played spring and fall ball, so I can't technically claim fall - though there was something magical about the fall season. My husband used to coach the team and Katie as a pitcher.
When high school began, Katie decided to put up her softball mask and glove and join the marching band. We were inwardly disappointed as we had loved the time spent on the field. However, we recognized this as the beginning of her finding her way and making her own choices. So we traded the softball field for the football field, to watch this...
And to see this...
With the wonderful blessing of watching her in the Fiesta Bowl parade a couple of weeks ago:
|Chandler High School Marching Band - who took 3rd place in the Fiesta Bowl parade of all high school marching bands!|
Four and one-half hours on the street to watch your kid march by in less than a minute. That's her in the foreground to the right of this picture. She smiled and waved like she was Miss America - and to us she was.
As my kids get older I'm starting to realize that us parents are learning just like they are. We're learning how to let go. How to marvel at their growth and independence. To watch their joy. When I want to grab a hold of these moments, I make a conscious effort to un-clench my proverbial "mom" fist and let go. This helps to me savor, to bask in the moment as it passes.
Next fall, I will enjoy the last "fall" of this kind as my daughter will be a senior in high school. I intend to suck the proverbial marrow from the bones of these moments to enjoy them while I can. Of course, I'm going to capture a few pictures as I go - to remember, to retrieve, to enjoy the memories of these days.
In fact, I'm going to start now...
Why don't you stop by Our Beautiful World and share your favorite time of the year?! There's quite a variety. Or - just stop by and see what everyone else is sharing. The collection always inspires and doesn't disappoint!