Bethany, the Wrestler?

Yes, I know. It came as a surprise to us too. The girl who diligently saves her allowance to get her nails done just started freestyle wrestling.

Her reasons were pragmatic. She didn't want to run track. (When I asked why, she said, "Because I'm slow.") Plus, the sport isn't very popular for girls so the odds for scholarships are good if you do well.

Of course, there has been a bit of teasing as we've picked out various WFF names for her and threatened to paint our faces school colors when we go to the matches, but after the initial, "huh?" we became supportive.

Last night was her first practice. She and Saron came in and were so exhausted they hardly said a word. Tonight, when I got home, Beth said, "I'm so sore, I can't even hug myself."

That's a workout.

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