Thursday, February 4, 2010

Not A Short Quitter

This week, Indy romped through the forest and along the water's edge with her new friend Will. Will is the younger brother of one of Alex's friends in the neighborhood. Apparently, They all ride electric scooters or drive golf carts because it's just too hard to walk between houses.

Stephanie kissed Ted goodbye for two weeks. As he was getting out of the car he left her with a few sage words... "Try not to hurt anybody". HA. We all know she tries very hard at that every day. I figure if she survived those few months alone with kids and dogs and a house to sell in New Hampshire last year, she can most definitely survive for two weeks in her southern living mansion. Besides, they now have great insurance, just in case anyone does "get hurt".

Steph became gleeful as she entered a fabric store and bought these swatches. It even excited me and I'm not a "decorator" type. I didn't get that gene, like my sisters did. I did, however get the "nerd"/"big geek" gene. I suspect I share this genetic trait with my nephew, Alex.

The big news of the week is that Ari decided to try out for the local club volleyball team. I heard from Stephanie that this was no easy feat for her. She was feeling unenthused about being the new kid again. I think those Santa Barbara girls were pretty tough on her at the beginning and she just didn't want to be the girl with a target on her back. Steph signed her up anyway and there was quite a fuss thrown. You know how moms just do not understand what it is like to be fourteen and the new kid again and again.... (true, we don't)...and although ultimately it had to be her decision to go because Steph could not drag her in by her hair and make her play volleyball.....there is this phantom menace for girls in this family. If you play volleyball, then you play volleyball. If you choose not to, there is no guarantee that certain relatives will not brand you a "short" quitter. I think this is ultimately what gave Ari the strength needed to enter the gym that night and make the team. Our girl plays volleyball and she is NOT a SHORT QUITTER! She is an above average in height, feisty, fireball who acts like a rock for her team, anchoring them with her skills, her optimistic- team oriented attitude and her half-cocked smile. Another lucky team gets to have Arianna! Yeah for them!!
The funny thing is that this is one of the most important lessons to be learned in life. Doing the thing that scares you, the thing that makes you sick to your stomach to think about, is ultimately the best way to succeed in life. The things that scare you are the most important things in your life. Once you move through the fear, you master the lesson. The fear isn't going to kill you and once you do the thing, it can never scare you like that again. Good job Ari!!! I am so proud of you!!!!

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