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I taught for several years at a residential school for children with emotional disabilities before staying home after the birth of my second daughter. I returned to teaching, finished my Educational Leadership program in May of 2012, and now work as our district's Writing and Social Studies Coordinator. I have always loved writing and find constant inspiration from my family. Maybe someday, I will get to see my name on the cover of a book!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Slice #24 of 31- Do They Know?

For the month of March, I am participating in the Slice of Life Challenge, hosted by the community of writers at Two Writing Teachers. Many of my slices are at my personal blog, Just Write, Melanie, but ones that deal specifically with education appear at Two Reflective Teachers. All are welcome to join the slicing party by reading and commenting. People write amazing posts.




Over the weekend, my husband and my second daughter, Julia, trekked down to Virginia for a soccer tournament. As is his tendency, Garth provided me with a lot of information via a stream of texts about Julia and the games. While I normally could live with fewer updates, I was happy to read all of his messages this weekend, since this tournaments is a major college recruiting event. We are completely out of our element with all of this, trying to figure it out--collaborate to create the right texts, help her concoct the right emails, get her ready to play her best soccer...

The scene? Hundreds of ultimately athletic girls kicking, running, trapping, looking full of swag and confidence on acres of turf fields as coaches walk around. Are all those girls really that confident, or are they wondering and worrying too?

"Can you tell who the coaches are?" I texted.

"The ones with clipboards and hats," Garth texted. "And their hats make it clear."

Do those coaches know that one-fourth of my soul is running around on that field? 

Do they know?

Happy Slicing,



13 comments:

  1. Nerve-wracking and exciting! I'm sure your daughter will end up at a great college for her.

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  2. We are a soccer family, too. Kids played and now grandkids are playing. Such fun. Was thinking today while out at recess duty how cold these March practices can be. BRRR! Windchill was 25 degrees. Good Luck to your daughter! D :)

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  3. Good luck managing this crazy, exciting time! I love how you take it from detail right down to the heart of the matter!

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  4. We are a soccer family, too. Kids played and now grandkids are playing. Such fun. Was thinking today while out at recess duty how cold these March practices can be. BRRR! Windchill was 25 degrees. Good Luck to your daughter! D :)

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  5. I think they do know! But they know that about all the athletes. Good luck to your daughter!

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  6. Best wishes to your daughter, Melanie. My daughter-in-law's sister just went through this with volleyball & her daughter, challenging to keep a balance!

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  7. I love this line...Do those coaches know that one-fourth of my soul is running around on that field? Good luck with the college recruitment.

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  8. Good luck with the soccer recruitment, these days will be stressful. So true, that is a part of your heart on the field.

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  9. Just the best line...and so right on. One-fourth of my soul. Totally!

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  10. Just the best line...and so right on. One-fourth of my soul. Totally!

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  11. Just the best line...and so right on. One-fourth of my soul. Totally!

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  12. Just the best line...and so right on. One-fourth of my soul. Totally!

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  13. Good luck to your daughter. These times are just as stressful for Mom and Dad too! :)

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