Photo by Alissa Czisny
Dear Mom and Dad,
Thank you for putting me on skates when I was two years old. Thank you for building a rink in our backyard year after year so we could skate, practice, and play. Thank you for paying for ice time, coaching, skates, dresses, and competitions. Thank you for encouraging me to keep going even when I had a bad lesson or a bad practice. Thank you for driving me to and from the rink, taking time off work to travel to competitions–sometimes halfway around the world, and volunteering countless hours for team events. Thank you for comforting me when I failed a test, took a fall, or didn’t qualify. Thank you for telling me I was good enough when I didn’t believe it myself. Thank you for letting me pursue my dream, and supporting me when I decided to move across the country to skate. Thank you for ensuring that I was well balanced–that I got a good education and played other sports outside of skating. Thank you for getting me involved and staying involved in a sport that has taught me so much about life. Thanks to this sport I know how to persevere to overcome failure, how to graciously accept both victory and defeat, how to be a good teammate and friend, how to manage my time with a strong, conscientious work ethic, and how to be mentally tough in situations that require it. All of those hours on the ice, the laughter, the tears, the aching muscles, the early morning wake-up calls, the drives through the snow, the drama, the suspense, and the excitement, are all worth it. This sport has shaped me. You have shaped me. I am strong, confident, and proud thanks to your endless support over all of my years of synchronized skating.