My 9th grade daughter went out for cross country last fall for the first time and ran on the JV team. Being new at it, she consistently finished in the bottom 2 or 3 each meet but still had fun because she has a great group of teammates. This summer, she worked her butt off going to strength and speed practices at 6:30 AM every day and by getting her mileage in each week. This morning, she texted me to say she made the varsity team! I’m wiping away tears and couldn’t be more proud. I guess she paid attention to some of my speeches about hard work paying off.