Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Flashback


I had not seen this pic in years before a former teammate posted it on Facebook.  It was funny seeing all the comments from everyone.  And I can't help but giggle at the crooked little pyramid.  And gosh, we were tiny. 

That would be me at the tippy top.  I was in 8th grade here and still loved the sport.  I went on to cheer all four years of high school.  By the time I was a senior, though, it wasn't so fun anymore.  I tried out my last year because I was sort of expected to.  Cheering was my identity in high school (you know how that is), so I couldn't NOT try out.

Another reason I wasn't so into it my senior year is because I had a bad fall during a summer practice and was on a crutches for a few days (sprain -- no broken bones).  After that, I was all of a sudden afraid of stunting.  I'd been a flyer for over six years and one bad fall made me terrified of it all.  Then it was the first time in my cheer career that there were people smaller than me on the squad, so I had to learn to base that year, too.  I totally underestimated the upper body strength of those girls because I struggled with that position.  I clearly remember one of our routines would make me want to go home and cry after practice.  In one part, I was a flyer.  Then in a later part of the routine, I was a base.  Being terrified in one part of the routine and struggling to make a stunt stick (as a base) in another part of the routine was no fun.  That, of course, let me know that I wouldn't be trying out for my college squad.  I was done.

Despite all of that, I really enjoyed my years cheering. Many, many memories are from cheering, and I wouldn't take back one day of it.  Even the rough times taught me a lot.  I'll always be a cheerleader at heart.  Go Tigers.

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