I am on a blogging frenzie!! I very rarely blog every day of the week. Usually, I just don't think about it, or I can't find something to blog about. I guess this past little while has been full of stuff. And here is another one to add to the list.
I found a gold mine! Allow me to explain...
Ever since we pulled Mary from gymnastics, I have felt so badly. Not because it was fun for me, but because I was a mother who knew her daughter had a very unique and awesome talent for something and a strong love for something, and I took it away from her. I just felt so wrong about it, but I knew I was making a good decision at the same time.
The gym we found for her here was not going to work with our lifestyle. Yes, it is an incredible gym and they produce absolutely incredible gymnasts, but you have to pay the price in all sorts of ways. We are not down with that. It is a sport, and that is all it is. It was WAY too demanding and it was so incredibly expensive. It was absolutely crazy to put in that much time and money for a 5 yr. old girl. We made the right decision to pull her out of that gym, but maybe it wasn't the right decision to pull her out of the sport.
The feeling that I messed up on this one has never left me, and it has been driving me crazy. Mary has missed the sport a lot as well. She has enjoyed dance and it is fun to watch her dance, but the spark just isn't there for her. It was bitter/sweet to watch her dance sometimes.
Yesterday I decided to look up another well know gymnastics gym in the area. I couldn't believe my ears when the lady on the phone told me the price! It was totally reasonable and completely able to fit into our budget! Then she told me the hours Mary would be in the gym, and I was sold. Mary will be in the gym the same hours she was in Colorado (which is wonderful) and the cost is exactly 1/2 the price! None of this 9 hours in the gym sort of thing. She will only be there 2 and sometimes three hours a week. I was so excited when I got off the phone.
I talked to Mary about it when she got home from school and she is so happy and excited. She can hardly wait for her trial class on Thursday. They are going to test her to see what level she will be in.
The program is very similar to the one she was in in Colorado and the gym looks almost identical.
I feel great about the price, the amount of time, and the coaching Mary will have. It is completely reasonable and fits into our lifestyle. Most of all, I feel a lot more settled and at peace about the whole thing.
We will be pulling Mary out of dance, which is a bummer, because it was really cute, but she is just not a dance girl. This gym will be a great fit for her and I can't wait to see her flipping, climbing, bending, challenging herself, and doing what she knows best, once again.