If someone told me 30 years ago that one day I would be a volleyball mom, I would have laughed! But here I am, and I love it!
I have always been tall, and while some girls get a growth spurt in their teens, that was not my case. So, naturally, everyone thought I should be playing some kind of sport, whether it be basketball, volleyball, soccer, even running. I have heard them all.
I was a swimmer. I even competed in the All Ireland Finals in breaststroke. I didn't win, but I was part of all the excitement.
In high school, I had a physical education teacher who pushed me to play volleyball. Truthfully, I did not like it. I would duck when the ball came my way! And now, I have two daughters who not only play indoor volleyball, but also beach volleyball, and love it. I love watching them play.
Volleyball has really consumed our lives since moving to North Carolina. That's a good thing. We are fortunate to be a part of a fantastic volleyball club with supportive and talented coaches.
Hardly a weekend goes by that we are not standing or sitting on the sidelines of an indoor court or a beach court cheering our girls on. We have traveled from Charlotte to Richmond, Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Dallas and Orlando for volleyball. My girls have made so many friends and have learned to play great volleyball and compete on the national level.
My husband and I have made some dear friends along the way too! When volleyball moms get together for a night out, watch out, we have a blast!
I have learned so much this past year about my daughters, their endurance and their sheer determination. Every time I watch them play, they impress me. I am emotional just writing this, thinking about how far they have come and how far I have come.
Once upon a time, I wanted nothing to do with volleyball. Now I can't imagine my life without it!
Jackie is the mom of a tween and a teen. She is an anchor for WRAL-TV. Find her here on Go Ask Mom monthly and follow her on Facebook.