A READER ASKS

Simple Grace - - Mood Index -

“Dear Lord, I’ve al­ways prided my­self on be­ing car­ing to­ward oth­ers, but ever since a new girl joined my daugh­ter’s gym­nas­tics team, I’ve mor­phed into one of those snarky moms on re­al­ity TV. It’s a ter­ri­ble thing to ad­mit to my­self, let alone to You, but my daugh­ter was the best on the team be­fore ‘Ally’ came along, and I can’t help feel­ing like she’s steal­ing my lit­tle girl’s thun­der. My daugh­ter has no prob­lem with her; in fact, they’ve be­come friends. And while I’ll grant that she’s a nice girl, even that drives me crazy! Last night, Ally twisted her an­kle at prac­tice, and I felt…happy. She’s ac­tu­ally fine, but part of me hoped that she would be out for the en­tire sea­son. How do I get these hor­ri­ble feel­ings to­ward an in­no­cent 12-year-old un­der con­trol?”

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