On the Monday after vacation, we slid our suitcases back into the rafters and slipped right back into life: Rene started lacrosse camp in the mornings and volleyball camp in the evenings; I started a new fiction-writing class in the evenings and scrambled to get my “homework” done at night; Ricky tried to coordinate driving Rene back and forth to her camps; and Chris and I traded volleyball-pickup with dinner prep.
(It’s as if vacation never happened. …)
But overall, it was a fun week, despite the stress and schedule-planning — mostly because it’s always kind of exhilerating (scary, stressful, but exciting) to learn something new.
I always love taking new classes, especially in writing, because I love learning new writing techniques. There are so many cool techniques I’ve never heard of before, and I’m always stunned to learn new craft. I also get a kick out of meeting new people in the classes — I used to be the shy, quiet kid who sat in the back, but in these online classes I’m actually kind of talkative and outgoing.
And Rene — I have to really give her a hand because she’s never played lacrosse OR volleyball in her life. In fact, she’s never been particularly athletic. (This is the child for whom soccer season meant being able to match her nail polish and hair-bow to the color of the uniform.) But man, my little girl went out there with her lacrosse stick and goggles — then volleyball kneepads and Lycra shorts — and did her best. And she kept up! Despite not being terribly athletic as a youngster, she can run really well, and she has incredible stamina and strength. So she tugged on the strange gear, learned all the new moves of these two games, and — more importantly — is meeting new kids at her new high school and finding her way around. She was sooooo nervous on Monday, but we were really proud of her that she conquered her fear and went out there and met the challenge all week.
What new thing have you taken on to learn in the last year or two? Joining a new group? Starting a new job? Walking onto some kind of grassy field with strange gear and goggles? : )