A few months ago, Trinity asked if she could join color guard. She had never heard of it before, but her best friend was joining because it is a family tradition.
I was never a part of anything during school. I had horrible anxiety even back then. I couldn’t push past it to jump in and be involved with projects and clubs. I’ve always wanted better for Trinity. So, of course I said she could.
This was the beginning of some long weeks. She would come home from practice frustrated and near tears because she just couldn’t get the moves right. She couldn’t remember how to do them. However, she refused to quit.
I was of no help since I have no idea how to do any of the moves in color guard, but we figured it out. She slowly improved with the internet, YouTube, and an old broom handle. Poor Kitten McNugget got hit in the face more than once, a few things got broken, and Trinity made mistakes, but she did it. She learned how to twirl and toss and all the other stuff that goes on in color guard. I’m still not sure of the exact terms.
Saturday night was their end of season competition. Since our school district has a combined middle school and high school and there’s not much interest in color guard, the team is mixed. There are three high school students and about ten middle school students. Because of this, they were scored against other high schools instead of middle schools.
It was their first time competing, and most of the kids, like Trinity, were brand new to the sport. They ended up placing 5th. They were VERY happy with that.
However, the judges told them that, had they been scored against other middle school teams, they would have taken 2nd place with only .8 of a point separating them from first.
If you ask me, that’s pretty darn impressive for their first time competing!
Now that color guard season is over, Trinity is looking forward to the spring musical. She rocked the part of Cheshire Cat #2 in Clayton Middle School’s performance of Alice in Wonderland Jr. last spring. She’s anxiously awaiting the announcement of this years play and for tryouts!
I might be a little biased, but my kid is awesome.