Now if I could only convince her to fill in annoying band practice time sheets... repetitive paperwork and bookkeeping tasks are not a strong point for any of my children. I do not think they are on a path to being helpful administrative assistants. (Azia's lowest grade is in band because she can't remember to keep the practice log; I think once in September Zoran wrote down time on his reading log.) Clearly these sorts of tasks are not my strength either since I can't seem to follow through on making my children get them done. (My excuses: There are so many of these kids! And so many logs for so many different tasks!) I've compensated for my flightiness in this area by having a job where others will do much of this for me at work...now if only someone would supply an employee to handle all my home office paperwork deadlines.
A whole line up of 9-10 year old girls outside in the sunshine working at something new--focused on a task that requires them to be strong and smart.
Last year's hometown, all-state pitcher, showing up and volunteering to help out a group a decade younger than herself– not the way every college student spends spring break.
All these little girls with their older siblings' mitts...already a handful of years of experience with the game even through they are just beginning to play themselves.
Since our field turns into a garbage pit overgrown with weeks over the winter, the first practice is a clean up and weeding sort of occasion. (Clearly they're all excited for the season to begin...and also work much more diligently when I don't have my camera out.)