Not going to lie: This was one of the toughest nights we have ever gone through as skating parents. But understand that our disappointment is not in how we feel, but in how our skater feels right now.
That started me thinking about lemonade.
My great grandmother always used cliches when talking about life's challenges. Of course, her favorite saying was, "When life deals you lemons, make lemonade." I always rolled my eyes whenever she would say it and I even though I have repeated it over again and again for many years, I don't think I truly understood what it meant until now.
We all have dreams - many of them wistful Jiminy Cricket wishes for things to come true. Life doesn't play out that way sometimes. So, the only thing you can do is figure out a way to make it all work.
Lemons and Lemonade. It all makes perfect, though verbally hackneyed, sense.
Whether it is a basic skills competition, or the basic skills of the world's largest stage, the only defeat is the one you give in to. Winners figure it out, and that doesn't always mean getting a gold medal. The true winners create a recipe for life's lessons. They make Lemonade.
Is that a way to make us feel better? Perhaps.
But this isn't about us; it is about our skater and how he feels at this moment in time. It is about how he chooses to deal with the lemons in his life right now. I, for one, am standing in line, waiting for him to squeeze the life out of this experience, mix it with a healthy dose of something sweet and turn it into something we can all enjoy.
Lemonade on ice. With love and honey it is the elixir of the gods.