It was a long day which started at 5:30 this morning but everything was worth it when the announcer yelled “First Place to ~ the Ft. Drum Mountaineers.” There was a stillness, a bit of shock, before the entire gym erupted in a huge roar. Don’t get me wrong, the girls were great and deserved first place BUT the Ft. Drum cheerleaders have not taken 1st place (nor 2nd or 3rd place) ever, so it was a shock to all to hear that Ft. Drum would advance to the state competition. The other teams were especially excited for these underdogs ~ I saw a lot of the other coaches run over to congratulate our coaches.
I have to admit, this cheerleading has taken a lot of time and effort on FG’s part and mine as well. She has to be at practice 4 nights a week for 2 hours each night. Thankfully, we have 3 other cheerleaders who live on our street so the parents carpool ~ I only have to drive once a week.
Unfortunately, FM’s parents were on a Fall Foilage bus tour and were only 40 minutes away last night but, because of a cheerleading get together, we couldn’t make it out to see them. FM is out of town so he missed his parents AND FG’s competition. Really bad timing.