Alex has received her TEAM USA bag and luggage tags with a detailed packing list. She will spend the next three days packing and identifying which articles we need to purchase. Alex never needs assistance packing, she goes item by item on the list and crosses off each item as it is located and packed.
Since Alex lives in the mountains, we will make the 3 hour drive to Denver on Saturday and stay at a hotel by the airport (thanks Special Olympics). On Sunday at 7 AM Alex will meet up the five other athletes from Colorado and a coach and spend the day traveling to Albany, NY.
Once there her schedule will be as follows:
Monday ALL DAY.....travel and registration
7-8:20PM....dinner and welcome
8:20-9PM....team building activity (each sport will be assigned a room)
11pm...........curfew for all
Tuesday and Wednesday:
noon-1pm....lunch at the venue
3:15-4pm....break out session back at the hotel
***dinner and activities will be from 6-9pm each night
8:30-11am.....AM training session
11:30-1:30pm...lunches and pickup for transport back to Albany
7-9pm..........dinner (Korea night) dance
6am----???...athletes and coaches head back to home states
Alex will most likely have no time to call me (I hope she does), or even text (I hope she does). For six days, until I pick Alex up at the Denver airport at 10:30 AM on Friday I may not hear a word from or about Alex. And when I pick-up Alex, not only will she have new ski wear, a duffel bag, opening and closing ceremony outfits and other assorted sportswear we will have a different Alex.
She will have experienced independence, and new friendships and she will have grown. I am not hoping this is the case I know. Every time Alex has gone out in to the world, un-chaperoned by her parents (yes we are deterrents), she grows. She learns what she CAN do and not what she CAN NOT and she learns to respect the meaning of team and the importance of her contribution.
I cannot wait for her to come back, and she has even left yet!