“Though she be but little, she is fierce.”
-William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night Dream
This kid of mine, she wants to fly.
When Katie was 18 months old, I was nursing a newborn Evan when Emilie and Abigail called from the kitchen. They said, “Katie’s in the fridge.” At least that’s what I thought they said. As I entered the kitchen I saw Katie holding onto the handle of the freezer section of our refrigerator as she pulled herself to the top. By the time I reached her, she was sitting on top of our refrigerator.
At that point I knew she needed a controlled outlet for her energy. She started gymnastics classes the next week. I thought that would satisfy her, but I was wrong. All throughout preschool and elementary school I would find her climbing anything and everything. From the tall trees surrounding our home to the door frames, Katie was always up in the air. I joked that one day I would find her hanging from the beams in the living room, except wasn’t that far off in the prediction. She had a little help, but one day she swung from those very beams.
After 12 years of gymnastics, flipping on the uneven bars didn’t give her that same thrill anymore. Don’t get me wrong, she will always be a gymnast at heart, but she has this daredevil streak that is always looking for adventure.
She has found a new outlet for her energy…aerial skiing. With this new discovery she has connected with a group of dedicated athletes and even more dedicated coaches.
Watch my girl fly.
I cannot wait to see where she is a year from now. Prepare to be amazed.