Saturday, April 4, 2009

"I miss my guard girls"

Those were the first words out of Evan's mouth this morning. Followed by, "Can we go to a guard contest?" We shouldn't be surprised. The color guard life is all my boys have known. I knew they would miss it, but I guess I didn't realize how much.

The girls from our program have played a big part in the lives of our boys. All have been special in one way or another, but some have become like sisters to our boys. Evan will really miss his 'friend Christian'. They both miss Emily and Sasha who have already graduated but have been their babysitters since they were born. They will miss all of you who chased them or helped watch them since they were babies. They will miss riding Mr. Harvie's bus with you and playing with you. They will miss running onto the floor during rehearsal or running out onto the floor during retreat to steal a trophy or two.

They are not the only ones who will miss it. I know I will miss the relationships that we have had with the girls and some of their parents. Mostly, I will miss being able to watch as the girls grow and mature from silly little girls into beautiful young women. The guard program offered Kenneth and I the opportunity to help 'parent' some kids when we didn't have kids of our own. I know we have touched many lives over the past 19 years, but the kids have touched us more deeply than any of them will ever know. Thank you to each and every one of you for being who you were and even more for who you have become as you have matured.

Remember this, "If you do your best, then you always win."

We love you all and will miss the activity.

Thanks again for 19 years! God bless!

1 comment:

  1. Awe Sally, this was so sweet! Speaking as a former guard member for 4 years, I can say the relationships with my guard peers and our directors were very special and still bring sweet memories to mind to this day. I'm sure you (and your boys) are thought of often and the way you connected to your "guard girls" like family!