Saturday, January 7, 2012

Saturday Soccer Adventures

A few months back, school sent home a sign up form from Parks and Rec for indoor soccer. When I asked the kids if they wanted to play, both girls immediately answered with conviction, "NO!" Eion, however, was an enthusiastic yes. As much as I want to get him out there and involved with kids his age, I didn't trust him.

I asked again a few days later. "Yes!" was the answer. I asked again a week later. "Yes!" was the answer. I told him this week that the first game was today and the answer was a flood of tears and a refusal to play.


My irritation level at an all time high, I let him know that he had a choice. Soccer sign up was $50. E could either a) pay for the registration himself with his Christmas money or b) suck it up and play for 8 weeks. The monetary incentive was enough to get him to honor his original response but definitely without the initial enthusiasm.

Today was the first game. This is a fairly loose league with no practices, just weekly games. As we drove to the decidedly ghetto location, Tim was doubting the whole endeavor and Eion was excitedly asking if this was where the soccer court was. Really, what could go wrong.

The game went...well, it went. Eion was on defense and there wasn't much action there. He would stay back as long as he could stand it before darting off to the action at the other end of the field, only to be called back into position by the coach. Ten thirst enduring minutes into the game, Eion was begging for water which I, naturally, didn't think to bring. The lack of fluids made him despondent and made the majority of his moves be a thumbs down sign in our direction.

He finally wore down the coach, who moved the mats that were blocking the water fountain. E managed to survive the remaining 15 minutes with a mere 6 water breaks.

But as we left, he told me what a great time he had and how he can't wait to go back next week. Looks like we are going to have a banner season!

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