In my house, there is a girl.
She is Strong. Determined. Lovely. Funny. Too Hard On Herself. Really not a girl but a YOUNG WOMAN. Sigh.
She loves soccer. She has played for most of her few years. I love to watch her. I had to sift through HUNDREDS of parent pride-driven photos to find this one...
I was looking for a shot of some magical trick or amazing throw-in, but chose this one because you can see her joy! She loves to play soccer.
I will be in deep trouble for posting these pictures. If you have ever read my posts, you will know she hates having her not-pre-approved-pictures made available for public consumption. But we can see her beauty even when she cannot.
Soccer got her in a little bit of trouble this year.
The first regulation game. On her 17th birthday. In the last minute of the game. OUCH!
Today was the surgery day. She was scared. There were tears of fear and tears of pain...from both of us!
Brave girl-woman, you are an inspiration and an example to me -- of commitment, passion and loyalty to the thing that you love!
I am GRATEFUL.