My gorgeous Rose Petal is not the most active of children. Her favourite past time is reading and I’ve often had to tell her to look up as she’s about to walk into something because her head is buried in a book! She reads in the car, at bedtime, at school, before school, after school, any time she can! She loves art, craft, Lego and playing with her sisters and baby brother, but out of the the four of them, she’s definitely the least interested in taking part in active sport.
I go through periods worrying of about her and her lack of coordination, strength, fitness and core muscle strength, and due to this she plays sport after school, has previously done dancing, gymnastics and acro (at different times) and has undertaken swimming lessons since she was a baby. That said however, on a recent holiday when Husband and I were kicking a footy with Miss A and Gigi, we managed to encourage Rose Petal to come to ‘play’ for about 45 seconds – after which she gave up and went inside.
Thankfully she loves bike riding and riding her scooter, but as far as scootering goes, she has to ride behind her two (younger) sisters because she’s much slower and finds is harder to steer and stop.
There always seems to be one to worry about doesn’t there? It doesn’t matter if it’s five or four or three or two children you have, there’s always SOMETHING going on with one of them! At the moment, it’s Rose Petal’s turn to be at the top of my ‘worry list’.
It amazes me how different our girls are. They are each so unique, yet have many similarities too. It’s quite easy to ‘pigeon hole’ them into the ‘Academic’, the ‘Sporty One’ and the ‘Imaginative One’. Gigi and Miss A are in the same class at school. It was quite cute when we had a talk with the Head of the Junior School and she asked the girls what their favourite subjects were at their old school. Gigi replied ‘Sport and addition’ and Miss A proudly said ‘cutting, gluing and box craft.’ It sums them to a tee! Yet I’m very cautious about encouraging them to step outside their comfort zones and take on challenges, take risks and take part in activities that might not be their ‘favourite’ – after all, you never know what you might enjoy until you experience it!
Gigi loves the Eagles and Miss A is die hard Hawks fan who loves belting out their theme song, so the AFL is often a topic of discussion in our house. But Rose Petal isn’t interested at all. Sport just ISN’T her thing.
Which means when sporting carnivals are approaching, I’m always a little… aware, of how she’ll be feeling about them. She’s never going to be the fastest, strongest or most competent. And kids like doing well. They like to win. It’s human nature. But you can’t generally come first in reading the most books or having a great vocabulary. At school it’s often on the sporting field that trophies and medals are given. And if you’re never going to be particularly good at sport, it’s always a bit of a worry (for the parents!) how their children are going to take it.
This year Rose Petal is in Year 3. She’s had her swimming carnival and has just run in her first cross country. (A kid who really isn’t a fan of running!). And you know what? My daughter is a FREAKING LEGEND.
She woke up on the morning of the cross country carnival extra early because she had to be at school by 7:30am for Choir. She came running into my bedroom jumping up and down totally pumped because it was carnival day. It was all she talked about over breakfast and proudly dressed in her Gold house polo shirt (matched with a yellow ribbon in her hair!).
Smiley and I went to watch her run and man, she ran her little heart out! She jogged and ran the whole way and almost beat her PB! She even managed a smile and wave at me as she got ready to cross the finish line.
Afterwards was the Year 4 race and my goodness, I’ve never heard such a quiet child be so loud! She was screaming at the top of her lungs, cheering for her house and her friends. She laughingly told me afterwards she thought she was losing her voice from all her cheering! When she came home that night she told us her favourite days of the year at school was the cross country and swimming carnivals.
Rose Petal might not be that interested in playing kick to kick or running with her sisters, but if there’s a team to be involved in, she’s a team player all the way. I might not have a sporty eight year old and I doubt she’ll ever win a trophy or medal for her physical ability on the field, but she gets a gold medal from me for her sheer determination, team spirit and sportsmanship. I never expected her to win, but she won in my eyes that day… such a proud moment… Go Rose Petal! Go!!
Love you and your awesome character my beautiful girl – keep cheering your heart out and I’ll always be here on the sidelines of your life rooting for you.
Love your mumma