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Senior Soccer Night for Chicky!

Seems like it was only yesterday when Chicky was dressing out for the first time in her high school soccer uniform.

The colors were completely different from the uniform she had worn at her middle school the previous two years.

I remember the first time she wore the new colors. It was an exhibition game with the members of the JV and Varsity teams being mixed up into two different teams. They scrimmaged each other for a little fun.

Chicky had made the Varsity team as a freshman. She was nervous. Especially because she would be playing with older girls, whose talents she had admired in years past.

She came off of the field hard on herself, but we assured her that she had made a good first showing.

That is typical of Chicky, though. She’s very critical of herself. She doesn’t like making mistakes on the field.

Chicky continued to make an impression that first season and the others that followed.

Although she was not a captain her first three years on the squad, she led the team by example…through her hard work, competitive nature, and determination to constantly get better.

This year, her peers recognized her leadership skills by voting her as captain. I realize it’s only a title, but it really means a lot to her. It validates her efforts these last few years.

During halftime of last night’s game, we recognized the seniors on the team…giving each player her time in the spotlight. Parents of the players greeted them after they had walked past the other players on the team…high and low-fiving them as they moved down the line. An announcer (a dad on the team) used a microphone to announce each girl’s college plans.

Each girl received a bag of goodies and a collection of roses and carnations…one rose for each year playing soccer at the school, and one carnation for senior on this year’s squad.

Sigh.

Four years.

It can seem like such a long time but how quickly it flies by.

Another milestone in Chicky’s life. It’s one I’ll tuck away with the others.

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