Yesterday was Sports Day at my children’s school. If you have followed this blog since its inception you will know that I have already written an article about this day before and how it impacts on my own children. I’m not going to repeat that whole article but I will summarise by saying that I have one child who loves Sports Day and comes out with a chest full of ribbons and the title of ‘Age Champion’; my other child hates this day and you can probably interpret his performance level as a reflection of this attitude.
I am going to take this opportunity to brag (it is a mother’s right as long as we don’t do it all the time over piddly little things).
Here we go – I am so proud of my child who hates Sports Day, he came away last in many of the events, but he gave every event a good try and by doing so he was still contributing to house points.
I lost sight of him during the 200m as he stopped and tied his shoelace during this SPRINT race – but hey, he saw that as a more pressing task at the time – he still crossed the finish line and he still got a point for his team. At the conclusion of the day he participated in the whole school relay and had the biggest smile on his face as the whole school cheered not only him, but other participants. He chose to participate in the 800m optional running event – and came within the top 10!!
My child who hates Sports Day showed beautiful leadership skills, he helped the smaller children, he cheered loudly, he congratulated others not from his team and he held his stuff together. I’m so proud.