I asked Hads if she wanted to do "Jump rope for Heart" again.
She asked, "Is that where I ask people for money and then get prizes if they give me a lot?".
To which I replied, "Sure, but there's more to it then that…".
To which she interrupted, "I know mom, then I get to show off my jump roping in the gym after school one day, with all the big kids."
So, I am certain that she totally gets what this is all about.
And I am also certain that this gal and I could not be more different as first graders.
When I was her age I was on a jump rope team.
That actually went to other schools and performed.
This kid physically cannot jump rope.
It's actually amazing to watch.
At one point she put the jump rope on the floor, and just jumped over it.
Back and forth, back and forth.
But what she lacks in skill, she makes up for in self-confidence big time.
And when we walked into that crowded gym after school, she ditched me at the door, grabbed a rope, double knotted her shoes, and went right up to the very front row.
When I was her age i would have hemmed and hawed before walking into the gym, looked around for a friend to stand by, and quietly taken a spot in the back.
I hope she never figures out how bad she is.
Or at least never cares.
She's my favorite.
And she jumps over a jump rope that's laying on the ground better than anyone I have ever seen.
(of course, I have never actually seen anyone else do that…but that's beside the point).
Hadley's P.E. teacher, and my best friend's big sister, and the gal I get the best texts from about what Hadley said/or did at school during the day.
She's also the same person that stole her Mom's suburban when we were kids and drove to her friends house while we were all watching the Miss America Teen pageant.
She's also the same person's whose clothes I would steal and wear to school.
She's also the same person who taught me how to do the running man.
Hads and I both think she's the coolest.
And she is.