Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Elizabeth: The Agony and the Ecstasy

Fall was soccer season; winter brought volleyball. The BISS under 12 girls volleyball had a very successful season, with a long winning streak. Elizabeth became an increasingly strong player, serving and running and jumping. The season culminated in a day-long volleyball tournament among 6 international schools. It was a glorious day, with the BISS team winning every game as they soared through the day to the finals. What excitement to be in the finals! Mom and Dad monitored the events by phone (since they were on the ski trip – see Anna entry). The BISS team won the first set, the International School of Beijing (ISB) won the second. The third game was tied 15-15, and whoever went up by two points would win. ISB scored once. Then – NOOOO – ISB scored again and won.

Winning is fun. Losing the last game in the season is anguish. “Do not talk about it” was her one request. Then slowly the story came out, “but only if you don’t say anything like, ‘Oh, it’s so cool to be in the finals.’” So we listened and empathized....

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