I think the amount of growth that Christen has had, probably since the World Cup through now, has been exceptional. Somebody asked me this during the week, about the leadership and where we were going to get it from. For somebody who’s never really been asked to take that role - how she took some of the younger kids in and some other stuff that she’s done with the group that you guys will never know about - she’s really far and exceeded my expectations.
I know you guys are all gonna think that she got in late and had a chance and hit the crossbar, but how many players in this league are going to take that ball down, cut the first girl, take a touch to split the two [defenders], and then around the keeper? So if you guys want to fault her for hitting the crossbar, have at it. But there’s probably only three players in the league that make that play and she’s in that position because of her ability, because of who she is.
So if I get the chance 100 more times at the exact same moment at any game then I pick her 100 times to be the one who has it.
She’ll bounce back. She’s dealt with harder things in the last year and a half than that.
Christen and Julie have been our captain and co-captain all year. Christen wears the band. So that’s what stands out.
[…] Christen’s been asked to fill a very different role than she’s probably filled on any other team that she’s played on - not just positionally as much as having to worry about more than just her performance and if she’s scoring goals. And in fairness to Christen, she has far and away exceeded my expectations.
[…] That would be the only thing I was really a bit unsure of coming into the year - Where will we get leadership from? Who would be the one off the field making sure the group was learning how to grow and coming together? So I think Christen’s growth this year has been extraordinary, and a lot of it you guys will never see. So that’s a credit to her.
Julie’s always our leader, just the way she kind of is, and how she goes about stuff. I think Julie’s the one in the game, when the games get hard, […] that drives the group forward for us.
GUESS WHAT!? Rory’s next adventure Rory The Dinosaur Wants a Pet comes out next month! Available for pre-order now! ☺ Here are some reviews so far!
“Climo’s crisp, ever-adorable cartoons show the two teeter-tottering, playing dress-up, and sharing a bubble bath. It’s a cheerfully absurd portrait of unconditional love.” -Publishers Weekly
“…an appealing read-aloud. Children just developing a sense of humor will appreciate the innocent silliness of the tale.” -Kirkus
“Climo’s sweet digital illustrations brim with vibrant colors, and young listeners will enjoy noting the many witty visual details: a clamshell bathroom sink, Dad’s Kiss the Cook apron, and Rory’s shark pajamas. A perfect lap-sit title or story hour choice.” -Booklist
You know what Logan gives Rory that no one else does? Autonomy. Logan has always always always respected Rory’s choices. Rory drops out of Yale? Logan doesn’t like it but knows Rory is an adult who can make her own decisions. Rory decides to take an internship with his dad? Warns Rory what Mitchum is like but doesn’t stop her. Before having sex with Rory? Asks for verbal consent- twice. When Rory wants to date him? Tells her upfront that he’s not a boyfriend guy so she has the chance to back off. Logan is literally the only person in Rory’s life that respects Rory can make decisions on her own, regardless of whether he thinks she’s right or wrong.
Luke and I have had our ups and downs over the years, but through it all, his relationship with my daughter, Rory, has never changed. He’s always been there for her no matter what. He was there to celebrate her birthdays. He was there cheering her on at her high school graduation. Luke has been a sort of father figure in my daughter’s life.
I love that Luke’s last appearance is being a dad to Rory. He has his arm slung around her and hugs her to him, and you can just tell how much he adores Rory who he’s always considered ‘a little bit’ his.
There is something poetic about Rory ending the series single and pregnant and I am fine with it. Not happy. Not really understanding the reasoning. But fine. Sometimes life takes you to weird places and you just gotta go with it.
What is not fine, is Rory not telling the baby’s father, Logan, about the pregnancy, in service to some weird predestined metaphor in which Logan is supposed to be Rory’s deadbeat dad Christopher and Rory is her mother (and poor Jess is supposed to be Luke?). I do not see why Amy and Co. felt it necessary to have Rory relive her mothers life. Especially when you remember how terrified Rory was of ending up in this exact same scenario throughout most of the series. Moreover, I do not believe for a second Logan wound’t want to play an active part in his child’s life (Ala Christopher). Yes they completely reversed Logan’s character development in the revival (don’t even get me started! An open relationship? REALLY???) but even then, I can’t believe Logan wouldn’t step up and be there for Rory and his kid. Rory not telling Logan is incredibly selfish and I do not understand the reasoning behind it. My only hope is that I am misreading the signals and Amy comes out with an interview to clear up at least this part of the revival. I cannot live with the idea of Rory never telling Logan about his child. It would be the exact same scenario as what Ana did to Luke with April, which essentially deprived Luke of years of bonding with his only child. Logan does not deserve this type of treatment and I am flabbergasted at even the suggestion of this being acceptable.
- goes on long rambly rants about science and old timey things but he’s so adorable no one feels right telling him to shut up
- “Jefferson where is your coat” “Gray we’re in Nebraska in July” “I don’t care its nippy out!”
- Jax wears the coat
- doesn’t put up with Snart or Mick’s shit
- “If you two don’t stop stealing priceless historical artifacts I swear to Einstein I will time jump you right into a jail cell.” They believe him
- simultaneously cares about their well being
- “Mr. Snart that is not a lot of food are you sure you don’t want anything else? Also, where is the jacket you constantly insist on wearing? Aren’t you cold??”
- “Mick, put the matches- MR. RORY. YOU WILL BURN YOURSELF!” *flying tackle*
- doesn’t put up with people insulting his crew, especially when they find themselves in less than hospitable places for Kendra and Jax
- “What did you say about this young lady? Does it LOOK like she’s interested in the likes of you?”
- “I can handle myself, Martin.” “I’m aware of that Sara but to be frank he was pissing me off.”
- no one really knows what to do when he swears
- once he lost his glasses in 1705 and they spent two days looking for them before they remembered Gideon could just duplicate a pair
- makes nerdy science jokes alongside Ray at bad times
- “You could say this is…atomically bad.” “Wonderful, Raymond!” “That doesn’t even make sense!” “Nonsense, Jefferson, it makes perfect sense!”
- picks up cute knick knacks in various time periods for Clarissa. Everyone starts to keep their eyes out for ones she might like. Rip is irritated by the growing amount of ceramic cargo he’s carrying.
- knows that Jax never really got a dad. Tries his damndest to be a father figure to him.
- “Jefferson, I believe there’s a drag race in town and the Captain doesn’t need us for this particular mission. Would you like to go?”
- “Uh…Gray….it’s not the car kind of drag race.”
- “….oh. I apologize. The ad was misleading.”
- “It’s cool, Gray. It’s cool.”
- it doesn’t always work out like he plans, but Jax loves that he never stops trying.