Megan started tennis in the beginning of September. I have to admit, when she started, I was not super impressed. They didn’t do a lot of hitting, nor did they spend much time working the ball over the net. The one thing I LOVED about it was it was a group lesson but she and another girl were the only two in it, so it was more like a semi-private lesson.
Over the course of 8 weeks Megan improved by leaps and bounds. When she started she could barely balance the ball on the racket. Last week she was hitting cross-court shots and volleys. Her confidence was soaring and she and her coach could not have been prouder.
I was shocked when the coach took me aside and said Megan was ready for Level 1. Shocked and nervous. How would my little 4 year old do in a group of 8-10 year olds? Would she feel shy or isolated or afraid? I expected her to be a little tentative as she went on the court with a new group of kids.
All my expectations were shatter when I watched my little baby girl take the court during her first level 1 practice. She was confident and fiery and fearless. Megan went on to that court like she owned it.
Was she the best out there? Not a chance. Did she make mistakes? Of course! But, she did those things with a maturity that reached far beyond her four years. She was polite and accommodating and uplifting to the “friends” around her. She was amazing.
I don’t know if Megan will play tennis for the rest of her life…I don’t even know if she will want to continue after this year. What I do know is that the past four months have taught my child what it takes to be a team player, how to work well with others, and that practice makes progress.
Not bad for a four year old…or a thirty-something mommy.