Ginger’s gym has a program where the gymnasts can earn “Gym Bucks.” These are little pieces of paper that the girls receive whenever they learn a new skill, place in the top three during a conditioning run, or…well a host of other things that Ginger will not currently elaborate on because she has her nose in a book. (According to her, I should just say “etcetera”, and you will get the point.)
Rest assured, there are lots of ways to earn Gym Bucks. And, Ginger had accumulated fifty of them when she suddenly decided that, rather than spend them on snacks or keep saving toward a pizza party or a private lesson, she would cash them in to be coach for the day – which happens to cost exactly fifty Gym Bucks.
Ginger really wanted to be in charge.
So, Ginger did some planning and talked with the coaches and, finally, last Saturday, she went early to the gym with her training schedule all mapped out and fastened to a clipboard under her arm. (She was very keen on having a clipboard.)
Everyone was wonderfully cooperative. Ginger wasn’t a tyrant, but she was pretty serious, and she certainly didn’t shrink from giving even the top level girls suggestions and tips.
Here she is giving advice to one of the level six gymnasts.
The coaches were great, too. They helped Ginger organize the day’s activities and they really let her get a good taste of what being in charge is like – both the fun parts and the responsibilities.
They even let her borrow one of the staff T-shirts (which Ginger was very sad to part with at the end of the day.)
According to Ginger, it was one of the best days of her life. I’m so glad it all turned out so well for her. And I’m also glad she found a positive outlet for her (ahem) leadership skills. 🙂
From the dining room table, still reeling from today’s 90 degree (F) temperatures. (Where in the world did that come from?),