We've been to Gunnar's AWANA Awards Night (mentioned below,) to the usual round of soccer practices, on an amazing field trip which needs a separate post of its own, but here's a teaser...
Photograph by Tate
... and today, we spent six warmish, breezy hours going from soccer game to soccer game (with a picnic!), and we closed out spring soccer. Amen and Hallelujah.
It has been a long hard slog, this season, in part due to the weather, and then there were other discouraging issues, but the good news is this:
We've been blessed with good coaches, that we like and respect. And even better...
I am really, really proud of my boys.
We play soccer for the fun of it. We have no delusions of grandeur. We're not destined for the Olympics, the pros, or the elite leagues. We play because it's fun. It's exercise. And it's a great opportunity to learn teamwork, and skills, and sportsmanship. And because everyone ought to learn how to win and lose graciously. And because I think that competitiveness is somehow genetically programmed into boys and that's not a bad thing if they can learn to compete honorably.
They've had some hard lessons this year, given that the rest of the world doesn't all play by the same code that we do. And the boys have done well. I think Wyatt's team only won one game. Tate's took third in their division. And Gunnar's team went undefeated.
And I'm really, really proud of all of them :D