Friday, March 04, 2005
Sophia and Bella with Soccer Balls
Soccer moms aren't what they used to be. Soccer has become something that parents do so that they can put it on their own "parental resumes". "Oh look at us, we are good parents. We drive our SUV's to pick up our well-dressed kids from their state-of-the-art daycare. Then we cart them to their private tutor, piano lessons, and soccer." Whatever happened to actual interaction between parent and child? Now, we pay everyone else to teach our kids the things that we are too busy to do oursleves? Whatever happened to playing soccer so that the family can spend time together?
Soccer started for us on Monday when we went to buy Abigail's equipment. She wanted the pink ball but the black and white was $4 cheaper. I told her that if she would get the black and white one, I would let her color it with my Sharpies. She always wants to draw with my "off-limits" permanent markers and she totally fell for my ingenious manipulation. Sophia brought her ball to me on Tuesday and asked if she could color hers too. I had to let her. (see the pic above)
Abigail's first practice was a blast. It was typical of any other like it across the country. You could spot the coach's kid: she was the only one in full uniform. Then there were the three moms who are so insecure that they kept to their little clique...they are the mom's of the girls that are the friends of the coach's daughter.
One of the cliquee moms must have been coerced into letting her daughter play. You could tell because her daughter was the chubby kid who kept interuppting her mom's "mommy" time on the sideline. She just had to tell her mom that she didn't like soccer and wanted to go home. Her mom would just embarassingly shoo her daughter back out on the field.
Abigail was the "girly girl" of the bunch. She is taller and faster than the rest of the kids, but doesn't dare go for the ball. She just kept running out in front of the rest of the herd, looking pretty. LG says that she will be really good at soccer if we work with her to be more agressive. I agree, but, surprisingly, part of me wishes that we could afford ballet instead of soccer. Although, Abigail loved it. She is too young to care about the competitive stuff. She just likes to be with the other girls and squeal as they run.
Bella hated soccer yesterday because she wanted a piece of the action, and wasn't allowed on the field to play with the sister who she idolizes. As for Sophia, she was traumitized by a fall at the playground. LG and I were pushing her back and forth on this sliding pulley. She hung on to it with her feet dangling 3 feet from the ground. At the end of her longest ride, LG let her plummet to the ground. Sophia screamed in disbelief. She face planted. The poor girl trusted her dad to catch her and all she got was a scraped forehead, a broken ego, and a mouth and nose full of dirt.
I later questioned LG as to why he didn't catch her. I assumed that if you are a parent trying to let your child hold on as long as she can, that you keep a constant eye on her grip. I assumed wrong. LG said, "I didn't see her hand slipping, I was waiting for her to tell me when she was going to let go." He should know better. The kid is as quiet as her dad, if not more quiet. Poor Phia. I don't think she will ever want to go back to the soccer field.