Alyssa has been taking gymnastics lessons since July. She has done amazingly well. The sport of gymnastics really speaks to her skills and abilities. She is a very determined, obedient little girl always wishing above all else to please.
When we started our lessons one of the things they did weekly was climb a rope. The rope goes from floor to ceiling and is probably more than 18 feet to the top. When Alyssa first started she only got a few feet off the ground.
After several weeks she got half way up the rope. A month or so in she could get most of the way up the rope. I was amazed at her progress and new found strength.
After about six weeks she was dangerously close to reaching the top! For several weeks I thought she might ring the bell up top, but she just couldn’t quite get there. But she never gave up.
Then…all of a sudden one week she was ringing the BELL! It was one of the most exhilarating moments I have ever had as a parent. I knew how badly she wanted to ring the bell and how hard she worked to strengthen her arms and improve her rope climbing technique. It was a real thrill to see her reach her goal.
Now we’ve been in lessons three months, she can climb the rope ring the bell twice, goof around a little up top and safely lower her self back down and then do it all over again. It’s a cinch for her now. She’s also gained a whole new repertuar of gymnastics skills on the beam, bars and tumbling. It’s been such an amazing process to watch.
I snapped this photo with my phone from across the room right after she started to come down. It’s a little blurry, but I’m sure proud to have it. She’s turning into quite a little athlete doing things I couldn’t do if my life depended on it.
I am trying to learn from her. Like her, I’d LOVE to make my weaknesses strengths. She’s really inspired me to set some lofty goals. Goals that right now I know I can’t do. My hope is that like her, in a few months I can carry myself a little farther down the road of self accomplishment. Right now, it sure feels good to be trying.