And here is one of the parents from the earlier photo today. Both parents were present and on guard and watchful, with nine downy goslings! They even coiled their necks back at mallards who came too close!
Well, no, but they aren’t relaxed! This is my daughter and friends from her synchronized swim team in 2011. We have a home show in our small town each year and the parents and friends and grandparents and everyone is asked to come and see our girls perform their routines. They are waiting for the music to start….
But it relaxes me to see this photo and smile and remember. What a lot of work the parents put into supporting the team and driving to meets and making costumes and funding a new underwater speaker and then another one….
We go to our first parent teacher conference for our daughter. Kindergarten.
“Your daughter is unusual.” says the teacher.
“Mmmm.” I say.
“She is unusual on the playground. At recess. She will play with the other girls. But not if they are mean to someone. Not if they start ganging up. And it doesn’t matter who it is. She will walk away and play by herself.”
“Good.” I say.
“The other kids are realizing that she won’t tolerate any mean talk or ganging up.”
We make appropriate appreciative parental noises.
“She is influencing them. She doesn’t argue, she doesn’t say anything, she just walks away.”