Cheerleading Event Part II


Over the weekend, Haru had her second cheer leading event. My wife had been warning me in advanced that Haru wasn’t catching onto her new routine as well as the other children in her class and as well as she did before, so I was expecting somewhat of a disaster.

The event took place in a gym of an elementary school on the other side of town.   I had to work that morning, so my wife had already taken Haru to the school so that she could prepare with the rest of her cheer leading squad.  After my work was done, I hopped on the train home and met my wife at the the station where we had quick lunch at the nearby restaurant and then headed off to the elementary school.  It was raining a bit and it was a bit of a walk to get to the school from the train station.

As with any of Haru’s event, the venue was packed with parents, but not to the point where we had to be there ultra early otherwise we couldn’t see anything.  The whole event was somewhat of a kid’s talent show.  Kid’s were performing different things from hip hop dancing to piano and violin.  We arrived about thirty minutes before Haru’s event.  It seems that most of the parents in the audience (including us) weren’t too interested in watching the whole show -just their child’s event.  So, people were walking in and out all afternoon, and so we managed to get pretty good seats after a relatively short wait.

After sitting through about4 or 5 events, it was about time for Haru’s cheer leading event to start, so I grabbed the video camera and stood off to the side of the gym where I could get a better unobstructed view.   Most of the other parents did the same when their child was performing.  Prior to Haru’s group’s performance, there were two girls who were about 11 or 12 years playing a piano and violin duet on stage.  There were pretty good, but their performance lasted WAY too long.  It went on for nearly 20 minutes, which may not seem that long, but in reality, it’s a very long time to have to continuously listen to someone playing a piano and violin.

It was finally time for the cheer leader’s appearance.  Most of the girls had been waiting by the gym door, patiently awaiting the conclusion of the previous recital.  Right after the recital was finished, some of them premature ran out onto the floor before their spotters could spread the gym mats on the hard floors where they would be performing.  At this point, I couldn’t see Haru anywhere because she looked so tiny compared to the other girls.  Haru is one of the youngest if not the youngest girl in the squad.  I think she is even the youngest among the kindergarten squad.  But the amazing thing is (and of course I may sound biased) she can do a lot of the gymnastics stunts that the older kids do.  Apparently, there is one girl who is a year older than Haru who had been having problems landing her cartwheels.  Haru has been practicing cart wheels and round offs like crazy and is able to nail the landing about 90% of the time.  But for some reason, the instructor won’t let her have her own solo.  Perhaps its because she is too young, but most likely because she’s been having a hard time remembering the routines.  IN HER DEFENSE though, she was did better in her first event and didn’t have look at the other kids much for ques on what to do.  I attribute this to having to have to remember all of stuff for Sports Day at her kindergarten,  in which they practiced and did drills for on a daily basis.

Sports day practices at Haru’s kindergarten is notorious for being pretty intense depending what teacher you get.  I remember last year, Haru nearly had a break down from all of the intensiveness.  She cried and threw tantrums almost every single day.  And as soon as the Sports Day events were over, she returned back to normal.  So, maybe it was a bit of an overload for her.

Having said all this, Haru didn’t make any too many big mistakes, but when she did make a mistake, it was a bit noticeable.  But I figured that since she is small and young, it would be seen as “cute” instead of embarrassing.

 


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Sports Day


Last Saturday was Sports Day at Haruka’s Kindergarten.  On Sports Day, children perform various “sports” events such as running, dancing, and other activities, in front a large audience of parents, grandparents, and friends.  Last year, I voiced my distaste in this event because its just plain ridiculous.  Parents start lining up at the front entrance as early as 6AM so they get a “good spot” so that they can take videos and pictures of the events.  As much as I don’t mind going to Haruka’s schools events,  this is one I really could do without.

This year, I am doubling down on how little I like these events.  It’s always packed with over zealous monster parents competing for the best spot to take their kid’s picture, and uninterested grandparents wishing they were somewhere else.  As a matter of fact, I really don’t understand why grandparents even go to these things, because most of them just sleep through the events anyways.

We arrived at the school gates at around 7:30AM.  There already was  a VERY long line going up the hill to the school.  I was already irritable,  not only because I had to get up early on a Saturday, but also because I had not eaten breakfast.  Under those two conditions alone, it was minor miracle that I wasn’t in a bad mood all day, and I managed to keep my spirits up for the majority of the day.  But having said that, it didn’t stop me from being annoyed at the other parents (especially some of the grandparents).  But I guess that’s my problem.


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