Well, this isn’t a post I thought I’d be making for a few more years, but it is what it is. After 12 years of gymnastics, including 8 years competing, Puma Jr says she is done. She’s had three fairly big injuries in an 18 month period, broken ankle Jan 2020, broken wrist Dec 2020 and a scary fall from full handstand on highbar while switching grip June 2021. This last injury required an ambulance ride to the hospital and 12 days in a wheelchair. She tried to come back this summer, but her hip still hurt so much and she doesn’t think she can continue. Thankfully, she was able to do diving. After breaking the modified school record last season, her first year at Varsity was a success. She qualified to Sectionals, then State Quals, and ended up #9 in the Section (about 60 kids in the section, only two made States)and top Freshman in the Section to boot. But…now the diving season is over and its a bit rough here. She’s struggling with having too much free time, getting cut from cheer, her beloved rat dying, and some nasty mean girl stuff at school. Uggggg Teen parenting is HARD. My heart aches for my baby. But hopefully there are good things on the horizon! This too shall pass, right? Thank you to everyone who has followed her journey, and I’m looking forward to cheering your kids on. I hope I can always be a part of the Chalkbucket family.