what it looked like


In order to bring you the full effect of this story, Dear Reader, Saucy will have to show you how things went down in photos.

She can show you what it looked like and explain what it felt like.


Can you imagine that everything was just perfect? Well, do. Because it was. Some things so smoothly in fact, so quickly and perfectly, they were hard to capture on film. It looked just perfect.


Saucy will be hard pressed to show you the fancy stunts and tricks here because it's too hard to take photos when you are holding your breath or squeezing someone's hand tightly. Fourteen year old girls throwing each other high in the air can be stressful for a coach and a parent.

Just hold your breath and bite your bottom lip tightly and you will get the full effect of how Saucy felt. Don't forget to clench your hands and induce a death grip on someone close by.


For instance, it's hard to tell in this photo that things are just perfect, but trust Saucy, they are. If you know your cheerleading, you know the Cheerios have a ripple effect going on here during the dance. It was complex but executed... perfectly.


And then, it was all over but the waiting. Five months of practice boiled down to two and a half minutes on the mat. In some ways those few minutes felt like a lifetime but in other ways, it slipped by so quickly, it was surreal. That's for the best. There was too much breath holding anyway. Saucy was turning purple, and that's not even a team colour.


Here, waiting for the results, rankings of the top three teams in the category were announced. Saucy and Mustang Sally, the assistant coach, were pretty sure the Cheerios could take a solid second place. It being their first year, and all.

As the team favoured to win was announced as the second place winners, check out the faces of the Cheerios and the look on Saucy's face...


Yes, it is an unflattering photo but it tells the story. Moving along. Saucy is looking back at Veto, The Fan and The Secret Weapon as if to say... "I don't know what is happening." Saucy had a hunch that the Cheerios weren't shut out, but things had taken a surprising turn, to say the least.


The anticipation builds for the Cheerios as the top-ranked team before the competition accepts their silver medals.

Saucy will let the pictures tell the next part of the story:





This is the best part. This banner will hang in the school gymnasium forever. Category and Division Champions! This part is called the reward of hard work, dedication and sometimes, even a little humility. This is where there was no cheer team six months ago, now there are champions.


Loopy exclaimed "this is my first non-math related award!"


Cheerios hugged Cheerios, Cheerios hugged parents and grandparents. There were tears of happiness and tears of exhaustion and relief. There was green eyeshadow and gold glitter everywhere.


Loopy wants a hug from you, too. Be careful. When she cries, her nose runs a bit.


This is what winning looks like. This feels good. Have a great day, whatever you decide to do today.

42 comments:

CuteStuffInside said...

Hip, Hip, Hooray!

S.W.A.K.

Jill said...

Congratulations, Sue! I mean Saucy! I'm so happy for you and your cherrios! I've gotta' tell you, those pictures of you after hearing the win are priceless. All that prep, hard work, and love has paid off!
Okay, let's go have a little cocktail now, okay? :)
Hugs,
Jill

Jenn said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Looking at those pictures and seeing the surprise and emotion brings me to tears for you all! WAHOO!!!!

Ginny said...

That is so excited, congrats to both of you & the team!!!

ChaChaneen said...

Oh my gosh, I NEED a hanky and that says A LOT because I am not a crier! I am sooo happy for ALL of you! The last picture is my favorite! Congratulations Saucy!

Claudia said...

Congratulations to everyone! Bravo!

xo
Claudia

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Saucy and Loopy and the Cheerios!! Your win is fantastic!
My daughter is trying to decide whether to go to AB or WM in the fall for grade 9. Your pictures want me to push for AB and have her join the Cheerios!
Your friend and neighbour, Sarah

MoveYourAsana said...

so excited for you! I was a cheerleader in HS and we competed as well. so many great memories!

e.m. said...

Soo great!! I have enjoyed follow the Cheerio journey!!

Anonymous said...

Im so happy for you and Loopy and the rest of the girls! Your hard work paid off! Congrats!

Lindsay

Jerri-Lea said...

I love that your reaction was caught on those photos!! Great job to all!! You all deserve it!!!

TidyMom said...

Oh how exciting!! and I LOVE how you guys captured it all for us to experience it with you!! It's like we were right there when the announcement was made!!!!


WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!

Jen Anderson said...

Yay!!!!!

Jenn said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

Your pictures tell a thousand words Saucy! So full of emotion :)
I was teary eyed just reading and looking.

Just awesome, awesome, awesome!

The French Bear said...

Yeah!!! Congratulations, all that love and hard work, woo hoo!!!
Way to go cheerios!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Natalie said...

That is so FANTASTIC! Congrats.
Former Varsity Cheerio Captain here...I know that is a lot of work but YOU DID IT!!! Go cheerios!

Snoopy from Florida said...

Awwwwww, I usually skip the posts about cheerleading because I'm not a fan, but I loved the one about the poor girl dumped during practice so I had to read this one. YAY Cheerios! I'm excited for them but most of them for YOU! You look so cute in those pictures because you were so shocked. lol. What an asset you've been to that program, Saucy!

MJ said...

Yahoo! I guess I know what the reply is to my last comment to your last post! Saucy will be coaching next year! Great job, Saucy, Loopy & the Cheerios!

Angela said...

Yay! Congratulations! What an exciting time for the entire team. The pics are adorable. Loopy is just too cute!

jkddz said...

Congrats to both of you we also had a big competition in Regina and danica's baton team walked away with a gold and a chance to move up to a B level team which means our little girls 7-9yrs could now be against the older girls(11-14yrs)

love the photos.....
My laptop died and the main computer died a few months ago so I have to squint and enlarge everything on my iPod not to mention the typing ...can't wait to see the photos in a normal larger size

Lisa Russell said...

I am so proud of you and the girls! It feels like "I" have a child on that team as well! ha! So happy for you all, and enjoy that banner forever!! Now you can rest...for a bit! ;-)

queen-of-nostalgia said...

How exciting! Great storytelling, too :) Congratulations to the Cheerios, and their devoted coaches :)

Yay!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Damn. I'm all teared up now. That picture of Loopy at the end totally got me. Sniff. Such a happy ending.

The Stiletto Mom said...

How wonderful! I'm so excited for you and Loopy!! And I totally know the death grip, holding your breath while they fly through the air feeling. Great pictures!

Coco said...

That is absolutely awesome. I think that you deserve a lot of credit. Way to go....

SOINSPIRED said...

Congratulations! How exciting for all of you!

karen said...

What wonderful news and how great for you and your team!!! The reactions are marvelous...the tense anticipation, the momentary confusion and then elation and tears of happiness. What a great experience - congrats!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the girls and the boy!

Vanessa Wolfram said...

Horray!!!! I'm so PROUD of you!!! Congratulations!!!!

Miz Carla said...

Grabs Loopy and squeezes her tight ( I don't even mind the runny nose). I only know you girls "virtually", but I have to say...I am so doggone proud of you and happy for you!!!

Congrats to all the Cheerios!

xoxos to the most awesome cheer coach/mom EVER Miz Saucy!!

Anonymous said...

I think my favorite shot is the one that you think is unflattering (but it's not really, it shows your emotions.. you were worried for them) but because of the look on the face of the girl behind you looking right into the camera!

It's like she knows for sure you guys have it! You gave them confidence Saucy, and that is a gift nobody can ever take from them.

Sheri

jessielou said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I know how much work goes into those routines! (I swear, for how short they are does not justify the practice it takes!)
I am glad you guys won, it looks flawless!
Big cheers to all the cheerios!

Anonymous said...

CHEERIOSIOIOS!
Lorraine from Toronto

Niki said...

Congrats!
The look of sheer shock and amazement on YOUR face tells the story beautifully.

Kim said...

Oh Saucy, you made me cry!!! I'm just so excited for you & your girls! What a wonderful experience this has been for all of you. Savor your win & treat yourselves!

LisaInCT said...

Yeah, RAH, RAH! How proud we are of all of you! Hard work and matching bows pay off! :)

Lizzy Post said...

I have to admit I got teary eyed when I was reading that and got to the results. YAY!!! Being an ex-cheerleader myself I can TOTALLY understand how that must have felt. Great Job Girls!!!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! That's absolutely FABULOUS!!!!!!

Dreams of Perfection said...

Oh YAY! Congrats!!! The photos told the story perfectly!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Oh My Gosh I love all your expressions!! Too funny. Congrats to the Cheerios!!

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

The pictures told it all. So, so very happy for all of you. :)

writing4612 said...

CONGRATS!!!

It feels awesome when all of your hardwork pays off, doesnt it? This calls for a cupcake celebration!