Wednesday, July 30, 2008
A little backstory here, I grew up avoiding competition at any cost. Board games? I hated 'em. Team sports? Not me. I quit band when we had to start competing for chairs. It's not that I couldn't do it, I just didn't want somebody telling me I had to.
So how do you handle a boy. A MOST competitive boy, who has just seen the end of his undefeated season, with a loss. Oh, they had a great season - they were champs - they were winners, they were some of the best. The game was still undecided in the middle of the fourth period, it could've gone either way, it just went the wrong way. These 11, 12 and 13 year olds were inconsolable. So, Puck's team took Second in State, and played an incredible tournament, but it is very difficult for these little guys not to be disappointed in themselves.
On the other hand, this group of 24 kids coached by three dads and a high school Junior, nearly beat a team coached by six men with a combined 120 years of experience playing and coaching Lacrosse. So, GO PUCK! and y'know what? GO COACHES! You guys rocked my Summer! You are all my CHAMPIONS!
Now, let's go play some Football.
BTW, there is still plenty of yarn at Knit Wits. The windows are just bare and they have most of the stuff that was in display units in bins and on tables. It just looks half-empty. And I couldn't find any sock yarn, though when I saw the Tweed, I was done looking (grin).
Most stuff is 30% off but some is now marked 40% off.
But, one of the best and toughest lessons I've had to learn and in turn teach my kids is that of losing graciously. It's a tough deal - you work so hard for something and when it comes to the big moment your opponent(s) may have the game of their life. Its just life...
Congratulations to Puck & the whole team. I bet they'll look back and think We took 2nd in State! soon.
Funny how much of our lives can be taken up by these sports we had never even heard of when we were kids.
You're doing a great job with your kids. Way to go!
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