A Thank You in Rhyme for this Special Time

A Thank You in Rhyme for this Special Time
by Judy Dobransky, 2015  Region 5 Hall of Fame Inductee

 You cannot imagine my stun, my surprise
When told…”you’re inducted in our Region 5”
Go back 40 + years when I started with Steve,
Met my dear friend Mel Foster and could not believe
How fast gymnasts could learn and still land on their feet
How we danced and they tumbled, a visual treat!!!

I made up routines and I judged soup to nuts
Began teaching others and learned to adjust
To the ever changing rules and the coaches pursuits
My closet is full of Blue suits from my youth!!

There are so many names and so many thanks
I’ve traveled the World and I’ve pulled a few pranks
Snuck in to play tennis on my hours off
Was once the “late Judge” thru the podium, I got lost!!
And then Shannon mounted and to my surprise
My 9.4 was perfect…my score the right size!!!

We won in Toronto in Belgium and France
Now my gymnasts are mommies, are coaches, teach camps
I’m judging their children and loving that role
Watching babies mature…it just never gets old!!

We captured the hearts in Porte Allegro
In Curitiba, learned how amazing plants grow
In the Black Sea we saw a beach for the nude.
No! they had no suits, we tried not to be rude!!

Japan was amazing, the food was a treat
I never saw so many new things to eat!!
After loving Sofia, they thought it was nice
So I got to go to Bulgaria twice!

In Israel we floated, the Dead Sea and all
The camels, the desert, the great Wailing Wall

I’ve seen winners and losers (no sprinkles for them)
And I still have the passion for that chair I sit in!!
I’ve tested and bested and been off the wall, but
Come back every weekend, still loving it all!

To my husband, I give special thank you’s and more
He tolerates travel and my Library store!!
To my children, so special, they’ve gracefully grown
With outstanding careers and full lives of their own!!
Thanks to Lori, my gym boss, who lets me be Judge
And still coach all those kids in this sport I still love!!

This honor so special will stay in my heart
The friends and experiences are the best part
To love what you do and do what you love
Is a blessing that lets you know someone’s above.

Thank you to Judy for sharing her very special poem.
Below is a printable copy of her poem.
Thank you in Rhyme – Judy Dobransky Poem