Friday was the Girl’s last home basketball game of her high school career and Senior Night. We had 6 girls on the team who are graduating this year!
Before we even got to the staging area where we waited for the JV game to finish my daughter was already crying. As part of the senior night my husband and I were supposed to say something. He of course was going to be no help and I knew it so I wrote out what I wanted to say in advance.
The girl had written up something regarding her favorite memories and thanks she wanted to give to people which was read by the athletic director. Then one of her teammates had some really sweet things to say about her. Then it was my turn.
Our athletic director was very sweet and had told me in advance that if I got too choked up I could hand her my paper and she would finish it for me. I actually am proud to say I got through the whole thing and I think I did pretty good. It was a speech that was written to address my daughter so at one point I thought I should look at her while I was reading it. But when I looked up I saw she was sobbing and my husband with his arm around her was fighting tears himself. I immediately looked back down at the paper and knew that was going to be the only way I would get through this. By the end my hand was shaking so badly I’m not sure how I read the last words on the page.
So here is the speech that I read to honor my daughter. I’ve changed a couple names just because that’s what I do on this blog. But you can get the gist of it. I’m super proud of this girl and who she is becoming. And I have other big news that I will announce in a future post. But for now I want to honor her and her six years on the basketball court.
(As a reminder and to put some of this into perspective – the Girl is only 4’11” and plays what are usually considered tall girl sports, including Basketball and in Track & Field she competes in High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump.)