Kayla joined a cheerleading squad this year.
This past weekend was their first competition. They were the first to take the floor...and the only team of athletes with special needs.
When they took the floor I was beyond nervous. Kayla had the cheer down...word for word...
Topflight Allstars, one of a kind. National Champions one more time!
She had the stunts, the forward roll, the jump...but the dance...not so much.
Before she went out I just told her to have fun, smile and shake her hips...and my girl did just that. Nothing else mattered. She was happy. So much for the high V in the stunt...she was more concerned with waiving to her adoring fans!
Sunday we delivered a message. In a world of "typical" cheerleading squads...people with disabilities can compete, too. People with disabilities can cheer, have fun, laugh...and just be "typical" kids.
They can be exactly who they were meant to be...perfect just the way they are. I mean seriously...at the end of the day does it really matter if you land a jump perfectly or dance right to the beat or remember every step of the routine? Are those the things in life we remember from childhood? No. It's the memories. The memories of having fun. Life should be one big hot fudge sundae filled with scoops of happiness, drizzled with love, dollops of laughter and sprinkled with friendship. But to me, the cherry on the top...the one thing that will make the sundae perfect...will always be respect.
Wishing you love, laughter, happiness and more than anything, respect....by giving respect, you will get so much more in return.