With tonight's cheer banquet, I officially closed out our 2010 cheer season. (And in my fatigue, I just typed "cheese ason". And in my fatigue, that made me chuckle.)
Lots of them I will continue to see because they are Beth's friends, but some of them I won't see until next summer. Some I will not even coach again as they abandon me for the big step-up to 6th grade.
It hit me tonight as I was giving each one their gift and saying some special things to them individually, as it does every year at the banquet, that I'm really going to miss these sweet girls. A couple girls got all teary-eyed as I was talking to them, and that just did me in. Then I was fighting tears through each girl. I get a little bit attached after spending three months with them.
This is all so much more than a cheer squad. This is a group of 19 girls who are each someone's daughter, and I work very hard to treat each one as I want my own treated.