When I say brief, I mean brief. I am *so* far behind in work, it's not even funny. It's scary. I thought (foolishly assumed) we would have Internet in Arkansas at the lake house we rented, but no. That didn't happen. I'm very naive. We were in Arkansas for Daisy's National BB Gun Championship. I could write reams about that, but I'll be content to say that Daisy is an amazing organization and they put on an amazing competition. I have been at many competitions put on by other organizations that are overdone in every possible way, including their prayers. At Daisy, they are completely Christian, and it shows. The prayer, though, consisted of "May God continue to bless you and your families, and God bless the USA." I believe that about covers it, regardless of your denominational leanings. People close to me have heard me talk about the problems with Catholic Masses turning into the Father so-and-so show, well events featuring guest "pray-ers" have the same problem. Daisy did that one just right. I loved it. Our team of all first year shooters all shot personal bests and finished in the top third of all teams in the country (many of whose kids have been shooting upwards of five years). So much credit goes to this amazing man - one of the kids' coaches.
He has made them love the sport to the point that Mary-Catherine and Michael have both said that if forced to choose, they would choose shooting over debate and - surprise! I would completely support that choice. Now, I know that there are nasty people in shooting; there are nasty people everywhere. I have met so many more nice people in shooting, though, and the camaraderie of our team is like nothing I have experienced on any debate team I have ever been a part of. I love that they love it, and I credit our amazing coaches for that. It is definitely a top-down phenomenon.
After Nationals, we spent a few days at a lake house so restful that we are thinking about (in the future!) buying our own lake house in Arkansas. What a gorgeous state!
Coming home I was looking forward to getting back into our routine. No shooting practice every day with team meetings twice a week, so more time for swimming and school for the kids and work for me before debate started. It looks like my upcoming year with our debate club will be much more low key since I won't be coaching extemp or debate anymore, so I'll just be working with my own two teams (baby Delgado/Delgado is a thing!). I have been humbled a lot recently, and it has been very painful, but I know that it is all God's will and that He has bigger and better things for me.
Humbling comes in many forms. This morning another car and I backed into each other in the Walmart parking lot (what an ignominious place to have an accident). It has been so long since I had an accident (graduate school) that I am completely unfamiliar with the whole process. It sucks. There has been no getting back to routine today. My mind is so cluttered that I can't work. And I neeeeed to work. My dad talked me off a ledge and reminded me that I am an imperfect person in an imperfect world and that this is really not that big of a deal. He told me to put it out of my mind. I know he's right. If only my mind would pay heed to his words of wisdom.
Now you're caught up to speed. I return you to your regularly scheduled reviews tomorrow.