There are times when I know that my daughter is surrounded by the right people. This weekend proved to me that I am right to be proud of what Melissa is learning from being part of a collegiate team. They came in 2nd place in the Collegiate Pom Championships this weekend, by performing a flawless routine that could have won on any other day. But, that's the thing about competition. You sometimes have to perform, not for only the win, but for the pride in knowing you came together as a team and did your best.
This is how I know her fellow teammates and coaches have the right priorities. By the way these girls handled the loss, with only class. There was no crying, just pride that they had the chance to perform on that Spartan head, on their home floor. Pride that they did their best to represent the green and white uniform they wear.
The arena was quiet at the end of the day, with most of the teams and spectators long gone. As I waited with some other parents to talk to the girls or take them to dinner, we suddenly heard a loud rendition of the MSU fight song from down on the arena floor. They were showing their Spartan pride, but more importantly they were showing what kind of daughters we all were lucky to have. Winning with grace is easy; it's when things don't go your way that the true colors come out. These girls proved they are champions in life.