“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” -Helen Keller
Everything in AUS is coming to a quick, screeching halt. We blinked twice and the past five months passed before our eyes. However, it has been such an amazing trip and I have become a much better, more worldly, and more well rounded person because of this experience, and I am so thankful for the opportunity. I have improved my water polo skills and coaching techniques, along with discovering a love for “everyday writing” and blogging, making “mates for life,” and having a blast. 🙂
Yesterday, the three of us drove out to the airport to meet Nicole’s college coach, Barry, who was flying from the US to Perth to watch and recruit at the Junior World Champs. It was so great to see him and to learn that he remains very up to date on our AUS activities through reading my blog. (Hi Barry! 🙂 ) Also, I received UCD swim caps in the mail from Kandance! I can’t wait to give them to all of my players. As she said in her note with the caps, my 16s and 18s players will truly be swaggied out. 😉
Today was my last AUS lunch with Perry and Steve. We had a great season debriefing and I ate a delicious bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, and avocado sandwich. Yum. It’s so awesome to see how far the MC women’s program has come over the past few years, and to know that I am a large part of it. The Summer 2010 season, MC had a 16s, 18s, and SL2 team. Last year, they were able to create a SL1 team with the help of the first round of American girls. This year, we had four teams, 16s, 18s, SL2, and SL1, all four team teams made it to finals, three teams played in Grand Finals, and 16s won. That is amazing, if you ask me! I am excited to say that Steve invited us back to play for MC and hopefully National League next year! It will be fun to see what 2013 brings and to explore the option of returning to good ol’ Kingsley Street.
Tonight, we are going over to Alli’s house for a Christmas dinner! I am so excited, but sad at the same time, because it will be the last time that I see her for a while. However, that is how all goodbyes are. It is cliche, but I like to think that it is not a goodbye, but a see you later, because I really will see everyone later. It will be fun to show everyone around CA at some point or another and to come back to Melbourne to visit in the future.
As for now, the three of us are off to sit down for coffee at Jimmi Jamz, our favorite (and cheapest) coffee shop with the most delicious muffins! 🙂 I am enjoying every second that I have left!!
Alicia’s Aussie Phrase of the Day: fair enough. Meaning that the topic of conversation makes sense and is neither a huge positive or negative. Usage:
Alicia: “On my return flight, I will have to pay for 2 overweight bags, but it is cheaper than paying for a third bag”
Chelsea: “oh, fair enough“