Arnold is playing on the high school tennis team as a freshman this year. So proud of her! (This is a photo from 2006, she is now more confident and powerful in her strokes and play. I just haven't had the camera out on the court because I always have Loafie with me).
It's Munch's final year of High School Tennis. They are on the team together. They laugh and giggle. They are amazing together. Munch is in the finals today of her region tournament. She plays second singles. I don't care what happens today. I'm so proud and amazed by her. I know I shouldn't brag about my children, but I'm going to today.
See, Munch has no depth perception. NONE. She has one good eye that she can see about 20/30 with her glasses and one bad eye that is not quite legally blind. The combination of this along with an astigmatism she has no depth perception. There are times when she will swing and completely miss the ball. Not for the lack of trying to get in the right spot, not for the desire to make a good shot, but because she literally can no see how fast and where the ball is coming.
Yet, she is out on the court every day. She has learned to compensate and 95% of the time she will get to the ball, she will make a great shot. She is so embarrassed when she misses. Sometimes people laugh, but she just holds her head high, shakes it off, and concentrates on the next shot.
No one expected her to do or go anywhere this year. They told her this, but she was back on the court every day proving them wrong. So if she loses today and takes second place I don't care. She has already won and the lessons she has learned on the court will be invaluable in her life. Because she doesn't give up.