Do you ever ignore what you know is coming next? Just sort of pretend that the inevitable can be avoided? Put it out of your mind? Smile politely whenever someone mentions it and then cunningly change the subject?
Or is that just my thing?
I’ve been ignoring my youngest daughter for quite awhile now. Not ignoring her completely, of course. Just ignoring her affection for her after-school activity. Ignoring her desire to continuously stand on her head and her passion for tumbling across the floor. Ignoring her love of gymnastics.
Today I ran out of cunning conversation changers.
Today I reluctantly gave in to my daughter’s pleas for time alone with her coach; time to begin perfecting her skills. Time to usher in the inevitable change that I’ve been trying to avoid. Today I opened the floodgates that will undoubtedly transform this after-school activity into a big ol’ time suck. Ooops. I meant to say, transform this after-school activity into a healthy and disciplined approach to a sport that she loves.
I do wish that I had come up with a couple more cunning conversation changers, but I must admit that I was unexpectedly delighted by the sight of my daughter this afternoon. She was glowing – exuding pure happiness while working hard to get every move just right. Don’t tell her, but it did make me just a tiny bit happy.