Most of us are familiar with Alice and Through the Looking Glass. The meaning of through a looking glass was located on the internet: When you look in a mirror, you see a mirror image- a backward image. This past week in Las Vegas, there was an interesting shift in archery parenting. This year, this archery parent dedicated all the time to help friends at a vendor booth. Only when the archer had shooting times was the booth left.
The archer knows the game. He plays the game well. Other than basic parenting reminders and encouragement, there was little to do to assist the archer. The game plan was laid out prior to leaving for the tournament. There is an entirely different feel to being an archery parent when the archer is not with you or need you for the majority of a tournament. Due to this time in the booth, this archery parent had the honor of getting to know and re-experiencing the joy through the eyes of a young up and coming shooter and his parents.
There were such parallels in what was being seen and heard from this young archer and his family. It was a joy to experience and it was needed. That archer allowed this parent to be able to look through a looking glass of the past and rekindle the joy archery brings to the young. The mirror was a backward imagine to this archery parent. There is an energy that omits from certain archers, an energy that brings smiles and joy. This young man was able to help in a vendors booth to support his sponsor. This young man worked side by side with the archer. This young archer will be more than an archer to archery.
Though a looking glass also contains the meaning of looking into the other universe. There is absolutely no doubt in this parents mind that archery is another universe! It is unique, full of twists and turns. Watching the other young archer, and his parents just full of joy and appreciation was not to be ignored. Archery can rob us of energy, time and finances. Gratefully archery can bring strength in character, strength in friendships, strength in mental control, strength in courage.
This archery parent arrived in Vegas an archery parent, this parent left as a parent of an archer. It is now time to help encourage the new archers and archery parents that want to be able to let go of the reins and become a parent of an archer. A parent of a better group of archers. A parent of a young adult that has had the privilege of an archery community grow him into a better young man. Every young archer deserves to experience what archery can do.
Your humbled parent of an archer.