Pride swells as I look at the team, resplendent in their new costumes. I may not be on the ice, but part of me is.

My daughter is out there. The British Championship’s junior synchronized skating team, the highest level she can skate with. Pride in my daughter too.

The music swells; five, six, seven, eight, they’re off. The skirts swirl as they turn at the end of the ice, diamantés twinkling under the bright lights.

There are nineteen skaters on the ice; nineteen costumes I made. I may not be out there in person, but I have a presence. 

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

You brought me into that situation, Carrie. I feel that I was there, watching them in their performance. It was a great job and a great story.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

You’re welcome, Carrie. That was a mixed feeling of happiness and pride when you watch your child perform, Carrie. Such an awesome experience for you, and I understand how you miss it. 

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

Lovely memory, Carrie! Three of my four were gymnasts so I remember well sitting in the stands watching their routines and feeling so proud. I also coached so was often on the floor with them and all the children made me feel very much part of it all. Thank you – I, like Lotchie, felt I was out there, too.

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Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

Oh yes, I remember that clock moving in slow motion! And, holding my breath until it was over. My youngest son, Pip, coaches now and each one of the children is like one of his own so he relives it over and over 🙂

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

You certainly were present there, Carrie, with everything you did to help your daughter and her team with the preparations and the performance. And with your 100 words, you now have given your Voice-family an excellent insight in what it felt like for you. What a great and light-filled memory to share!

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 year ago

I love the end of the story. Indeed you have a presence. Nice write.

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