I was a forensicator in high school. Back in the good ol' days, that did not mean that I looked at dead bodies to decide how they died (ewwwwwwww...blood and guts are NOT my cup of tea). Back in the day, that meant I spent hours every week working on dramatic interpretations, original oratories, poetry, humorous, interpretation, duet, duo interpretation, radio, one act, reader's theater...you know, competitive drama! I spent my weekends traveling across Missouri to compete in tournaments...and I was really good (toot toot...yeah, that's my horn). I loved living this life! I loved my forensics classes!
Fast forward. My husband was a high school debater. We both know and have experienced the benefits of forensics and debate. Our joke is, in our family. you must take a year of debate in high school. After all, if you think you can argue with your parents, you better know what you're arguing! We firmly believe that forensics and debate teach you to step out of your comfort zone, speak well on your feet, look at both sides of issues, and win arguments. Every one of our children complained about "wasting classes" on debate. Emily graduated 4 year varsity. Matt is in his 4th year (yep, he's a Senior!). Michael loves his second year of debate. HI, LD, Congress, DI...all of these terms flow freely through our household. Yes, I am a DB8Mom.
I am so honored to do something today that I never expected. I am going to be the substitute debate coach at a tournament! The head coach asked me if I would be interested, and of course I said yes! In about 2 hours, I will be on a school bus, heading to a local school, and taking care of the squad. This was never on my radar as a bucket list item, but now that I'm doing this, I think it should have been all along!
GO EAGLES! And if you need me, I'm there for you.