This week, it seems everyone is sending their kids off to summer sleep-away camp. As I read these stories, I think of my daughter who is away from home, but on a different adventure than summer sleep-away camp.
A few weeks ago, my 13 year old was accepted to play on the BC Provincial Girls soccer team; the team is based in Burnaby, BC, and the players travel together to major tournaments in Seattle and Winnipeg. Everything is done as a team, including travel and accommodation. In fact, parent contact is very limited during tournament time, so the players are able to focus on their team and training.
We are thrilled with this opportunity, and happy that we can help make this happen for her. The major challenge for us is that we live on Vancouver Island, and training sessions happen almost every day. As a result, she is staying with the family of another player on the team this week, and a few more times during the session. There isn't another way around this for us, as the ferry ride is 2-hours each way.
I truly admire my daughter’s determination to live out her dream. When I was her age, I’m not sure if I could have handled all this hard work. She loves her coach, sees her teammates as friends, and continues to strive for her next goal. A part of me is sad that I don’t have her here all the time. I try not to show that to her, as I don’t want to make it harder for her to be away from us. We've been able to stay in touch, thanks to modern technology we've been texting up a storm!
I keep reminding myself that this is only for July, and we’ll have her back at the end of the month. At that point, I’ll be taking some time off of work, taking her to our cottage, and spending some mommy/daughter together then.
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