Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Next Pele

Because I don’t want my son to turn out like me, with zero interest/ability in sports and almost “THE ONE”-like ability in all manner of videogames/geekstuffs, this month I signed my little one up for soccer class.

It’s an indoor league, that runs for 8 weeks.

I knew I was in for trouble when I originally asked him about it and he told me:

“No thanks, daddy… we can just play Soccer on the Wii”.

Clearly he wasn’t getting the point here.

So, being the good father I am, I of course had no alternative but to trick him to come with me down to the indoor complex last Saturday.

Which worked out really fucking good, let me tell ya. I basically had all eyes on me for the entire hour like I was the world’s worst parent, while my son wrapped himself around me for dear life, screaming at the top of his lungs, “I JUST WANT TO PLAY WII SOCCER! TAKE ME HOME NOW!”.

After he calmed down, I explained to him that I just wanted him to try it once. If he tried it, and didn’t like it, he didn’t have to play it ever again.

That seemed to make sense to him, and he agreed. But as luck would have it, by the time we came to this “détente”, the hour was over.

So, it was with MUCH skepticism that we once again traveled to the soccer complex this past Saturday morning.

But after a little shaky start, wouldn’t you know my little mini-me started running around like a pro.

We even found out that he loves being a goalie. Granted, we found out when he threw a temper tantrum and refused to leave the goalie position, even after a new kid had been assigned there. Then some other kids heard the commotion and decided that there must be something to this goalie thing if so many people want to do it.

At one point we had SEVEN kids in there as goalie, all fighting for the ball. My son basically started a riot….

But I have to admit, it did my heart good to see him out there enjoying himself, and getting the slightest bit of physical workout that my parents never seemed to think I needed…..



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