This post by Jennifer Flaten
Our town has an annual cornfest. It is a fun-filled weekend that features a parade, tractor pulls and other farmy stuff, plus a carnival. And as you can probably guess by the name corn; lots and lots of corn.
We’ve lived here three years now and went to the fest every year. The first year we lived here the parade/fest coincided with the girls’ birthday. I even managed to convince them (briefly) that the parade was in their honor.
Interestingly enough, even though corn is the star of cornfest (there is always a line for it) we’ve never actually bought/eaten corn at the cornfest.
This year, my daughter’s Forensics Team is walking in the parade. She is so excited. This is the perfect event for my daughter, as she is a bit reserved, this way she can do something, but yet blend in with the crowd. Right now, she is all about the blending.
It’s perfect she will get to hand out popsicles to the crowd, so she gets to participate, but she won’t really STAND out.
Although, for someone who likes to blend in, it is pretty amazing that my daughter does Forensics. She has the courage to get up on stage and perform her piece in front of the judges multiple times. What is even more amazing is that she loves it. Each meet leaves her more excited for the next one.
We never pushed her join or thought that she had to do “something” about her reserved nature (we never say shy, she isn’t shy just reserved). I did tell her that I thought forensics was neat, she went to the meeting and agreed that it sounded cool. I think part of it is that she is the only one in the family who does it. It makes her special. Plus, while the team gets overall points, my daughter is solely responsible for her performance.
Last year was her first year so she wasn’t eligible to go to the National Championships, but this year she can. So, she’s already started a trip fund to get her to California where the event will be held.
Next summer she could be walking in the parade as a Forensics National champ. A good goal to have. Maybe we will celebrate after the parade by having some corn.
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