Proof. That's what Livvie said this is. Proof that she "flew and caught" at camp. Last week my girls participated in Florida State University's Flying High Circus Camp. FSU's Flying High Circus has been in existence since 1947 and was first started by Jack Haskin as an activity in which both young men and young women could participate together. 1947 was the year FSU switched from the Florida State College for Women to the co-ed Florida State University you know today. And they do circus camp! You can read more about FSU's Flying High Circus here.
I knew this camp would push my girls, and that's why I enrolled them. I feel like it's my job as Mama to give them opportunities to push themselves out of their comfort zones, and this camp certainly did it. Olivia is typically far less cautious than Sarah, so she was all about the high flying trapeze and the cloud swing. Sarah preferred the challenges that were a little more grounded .... and that's fine. That's what both Sarah and I had to learn. Of course, as Mama, I really wanted to see her up on that flying trapeze, and while she did try it a couple times, she felt far more comfortable a tad closer to the ground. I think we learned a lot from each other this week, Sarah and me. She learned that she really is stronger and braver than she thought she was; she did get up there on that flying trapeze three times after all. Even if all she felt comfortable doing was swinging from her knees, SHE DID IT. SHE GOT UP THERE!!!
The last day of camp, they did a showcase where parents could come see the different performing events their children wanted to show them. Olivia, of course, wanted to show me the flying trapeze, as did most of the kids there, so while she was waiting in line for her turn, Sarah walked me around and showed me her moves on the trampolines, the tight wire, the juggling ring, and the static trapeze. She's a very graceful girl and she was able to demonstrate that grace with these initiatives. Click here to see a quick video of her on the static trapeze. It was very clear to me that she was very proud of what she'd accomplished in one short week. And that was awesome to see. After Sarah and I walked around a bit, Livvie finally was able to make her way up the line and to the top station of the flying trapeze ... where she flew and caught. Click here to see it. Her excitement was akin to the first time she rode a real, adult-sized roller coaster and came off jumping up and down screaming, "That was AWESOME!!" That's my daredevil.
So what did I learn? I learned that my girls have grown up so quickly and are reaching the stage where they are independent in their decision making, and that is something I must respect. I grew up an athlete, my husband grew up an athlete, so naturally we have the desire to push our kids to try athletic things. But in pushing, we are also trying to remember our boundaries ... and respect theirs. And remember that these are two little individuals that, while made up of a combination of our DNA, are still individuals ... with their own boundaries ... and fears ... and expectations. The good news is that both the girls are excited to go back to circus camp next year. Olivia is already thinking this is something she'd really like to get involved in when she goes to college at FSU. Sarah? She says she'd like to do circus camp for a few years, but she really has her sights set on being an FSU Marching Chief. And that's just fine with me. After all, I was a band geek too. :-) (And I really wish FSU did circus camp for adults...)