This is the only action shot from last night that has surfaced so far. Truth be told, Saucy was too wired to operate a camera during the Cheerios performance... she could only sit in front of the mat, nodding and smiling, gesturing wildly with winks and thumbs-up signs... typical stage mother stuff.
Were they fantastic? In a word, yes. Where five months ago there existed no cheerleaders, there is now a team. A group of friends bound together forever by common experience (and heaps of success).
They worked so hard. The accomplished a goal and are prepared for the final hurdle next week. Can they do it? Yes they can. They have what it takes. Plus, the details have been taken care of.
Fifteen matching hairdos and fifteen matching bows. Gel, spray, and more spray. Wait five minutes, then spray again.
Good friends to cheer them on... even if they are on another team. They will be returned in kind, you can be sure of that.
Little paw-print face tattoos to show their Bear spirit!
Socks with stripes and matching clean white shoes.
Green and yellow eyeshadow. Not suitable for daytime wear...
Let's not forget the super cute uniforms that Saucy picked up in Chicago last November and smuggled home with the Christmas shopping! It was the poms that made the luggage bulky.
And yet, all of these details seemed so trivial last night as they left the floor, leaving the crowd cheering for them. They returned to their prep area high on adrenaline and success.
And then, they cried.
It started when Loopy reached for Saucy with a look of complete satisfaction and relief. Truth be told, it was Loopy who started it. Saucy felt it next... and then, right there, it became a group hug of fifteen weeping Cheerios and two verklempt coaches. Tears are always better out than in, even if they are happy tears... so out they came.
Because, after the performance is over, the details don't matter anymore. The bows, the socks, the shoes or anything that Saucy stressed about, drove The Fan crazy about, made Veto drive around for, pestered Uncle Bug to videotape or audio mix, fanagled Pepper to pinch hit or simply made Jada the Assistant Coach want to lose her mind over... these things don't matter in the end. They are only indicators of the true feelings that will last forever: