This mom...we'll call her
We stand there, watching our children on bars, and Nellie says (pretty much out of the blue), "They're going to get reamed at their competitions. They're awful. They are NOT ready at all." Then, she looks at me and says, "Well, maybe your daughter is, but the rest are not." Now - it is important to point out that she does not even know WHO my daughter is...and if she does, she's seen maybe 15 minutes of her work-out! Personally, I don't care how The Girl does. This is her first round of competitions. They're not even competing in the regular season but strictly in the "off season" because their coach knows they are all new to this and really don't know what to expect. He is trying to ease them into the team by competing in the off season this year and then during the regular season next year. That's how they do it here and it has proven successful for quite some time. I'm not entirely sure how or why Nellie has forgotten all this...
I really have no patience for people like this. Some of these girls are new to the entire sport. The Girl has been doing it for exactly 13 months. I'm pretty damned proud of her. She started last September in Level 1 and was promoted to Level 2 by mid-December. In May, she made Level 3/competitive team. A lot of girls did not make it. I don't care what Nellie has to say - this is a great opportunity and learning experience for The Girl...and you better believe we'll go to whatever meets we can.
Incidentally, we probably will not go to the optional meet that is over 5 hours away because the timing is not good. If I thought we could do it and it wouldn't cost so much extra, you better believe we'd be there!