Also, all the parents and others on the sidelines were consistently supportive to all the participants. Wouldn't it be great if all athletic competition looked like that?
We went to Applebee's for lunch, as usual. After that, T. went to the horse. I had a nice convo with my friend M., and it was helpful to get some insight from her. She always has a down-to-earth and wise perspective.
After the horse, I got a long walk and had a long talk with K., who I usually talk to on Fridays. But I had sent her some email asking her for advice as well, and she offered some additional time on the phone and I took her up on it. It is days like this that make me truly appreciate how lucky I am to have friends who will take the time to listen carefully, think even more carefully, and then share their perspective honestly but with compassion with me. Sometimes, their advice makes me uncomfortable, but when a couple people are telling me the same thing independently, it is pretty hard for me to ignore it.
I was sad to learn that a friend of mine lost a close relative recently. She will be traveling overseas with her mother, so our chats will have to wait until her return.
It was not the easiest day, but it was a good one in many ways.