I spent the week organizing the office at the gatehouse and sitting through middle school cheer try-outs.
I watched and encouraged and got water bottles and found the perfect headband and helped with the motions and listened.
Listening was the hardest part.
Especially when she tells you that part of her wants to stand-up and shout the cheer from the roof-top and make sure the motions are sharp and wear a cute headband and try her back handspring even if she needs a spotter and part of her wants to stop and not even try and not worry about making it and just cheer from the stands.
Trying out for something you really, really want can be really scary.
I get it.
And so I listened.
Because I understand more than she will ever know.