Nov. 27, 2007
A Taste of the Caribbean
Our trip to Cancun was definitely a bittersweet one. On one hand, we lost both our tournament games, but on the other, we gained competitive experience, and had a great time forming memories and bonds that we can take with us for the rest of our lives.
We stayed at the striking Moon Palace Resort, which rested at a beautiful beachfront. The average temperature for the weak was about 80 degrees, which was a far cry from the chilling winds and temperatures in DeKalb. It was definitely refreshing to be in the tropical environment. There was also plenty of food at our disposal. From the buffet style meal selections throughout the day, and room service, we never went hungry.
Our first two days in Cancun were spent practicing, bonding as a team, and really enjoying the beach and swimming areas. We took plenty of pictures, had sand castle building contests; hilarious sing-a-longs, and participated in other team activities. My favorite activity was by far the Mexican Michael Jackson impersonator show. We danced and sung along for hours, and just when we thought the fun was ending, we witnessed Mauvolyne Adams' Michael Jackson impersonation on stage, along with hundreds of others in the crowd.
Our third day in Cancun presented our first challenge, Michigan State. We got off to a rocky start, but fought back. Even though we lost the game, it was good experience for our team. The game served as a measurement of where we stood as a team at that point, and where we could and needed to go in order to be successful. The next day, we faced Tulane. It was a hard fought battle, but they triumphed in the end. Overall, the losses matter, and we hate to lose, but keeping things in perspective, our competitive experiences in Cancun weren't in vain. If we take from the games we played and apply it to our games in the future, the losses will simply have served as a tool that
propelled us to eventual success.
Just as quickly as the sunburns began to heal and the tans settled in, it was time to go back to DeKalb. We definitely enjoyed ourselves and appreciated the experience, but I believe that everyone was also ready to get back to the states. After our long day of traveling back home, I began to reflect a bit on our trip. I thought about all the jokes we told, the constant laughter, and the new interesting things I had learned about some of my teammates. It was then that I realized that in a span of one week, I grew closer to an entire group of people.
Things like that don't happen very often, and for this reason I'm truly thankful. At that point I found an array of very special things to be thankful for. Even though I missed out on "mommy's" home cooking, I'm thankful for the way and place in which I spent my Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for everyone who contributed in any way to making it possible for my team to go to Cancun to play the game we love. I'm thankful for my teammates and coaches. I'm thankful for the memories I can take away from this trip. And finally, I'm thankful that the journey is just beginning for the Huskies, and that there will be plenty more things to be thankful for in the future.
Shari' Welton #2