Sunday, April 10, 2011

Athletic Superstars??

We are not really the sports oriented kind of family. Neither FW (my hubby) nor I were involved in any sports growing up, although FW did play little league baseball. What boy didn't? And I was more into Junior Achievement and the Newspaper Staff. Now, don't get me wrong. We do love to watch football and we are fans of Nascar. But other than a friendly game of volleyball or table tennis, we just aren't into competitive sports.

Our girls on the other hand, have played many sports from t-ball to basketball to gymnastics to soccer to track & field and even cheerleading (yes, cheerleading is a sport). Currently, Funny Face (my oldest daughter) is in Junior High Track & Field. This is her second year participating in the field events. She is a thrower - discus and shot put. She is not the best on her team, but she isn't the worst either. She refuses to run, even though the coach has told her that she would do well. For her, I think being part of a sports team is more of a social event. She has recently joined the Equestrian Club. Not sure why. She has never ridden a horse in her life, other than the guided pony ride at the carnival.

Nature Girl (my 7th grader) has gone through weeks of vigorous Track & Field training only to find out that she has Severs Disease in both feet and therefore has decided to quit the team because it may take up to two months for her ankles to heal. Nature Girl will now be going back to what she thinks she loves the most - - cheerleading beginning in the Fall.

Honestly, I don't think either of my girls are cut out to be athletic superstars. But, I can't stop them from trying. Wait. Who am I kidding. I think they both realize that they are not athletic superstars. They just want to be part of a team and they seem to be having fun exploring these "possibilities". I have learned that there is so much more to being part of a sports team other than winning, like sportsmanship, leadership, commitment and team spirit.  Of course, striving to do your best and winning is good too! But don't take it from me - I can't even tell you how many innings are played in football!

 

10 comments:

That corgi :) said...

I think it is neat they are comfortable exploring what they may want to do or may not want to do and are willing to perhaps try things out of their comfort zone!! I know regardless, you and hubby are there supporting them!!

betty

Jan said...

Everyone's a jock in my family, but me. But I CAN tell you how many innings in football! Great post, kudos to your girls for being part of the team(s).

quilly said...

That last sentence made me chuckle out loud.

Tracy said...

You're too funny. The girls may not break any school records or go on to become Olympians but atleast they have the self-esteem to go out and try and that's what makes them winners in my book!! I am puzzled by the choice to join the Equestrian club, though?

Jan n Jer said...

I think its great that the girls are exploring all their options in school. You should get that photo made into a poster for Funny face's room. Cheer leading is perfect for nature girl, she will do well.

Cheeseboy said...

There are 9 innings in football and 4 quarters in baseball. Just an FYI.

I have never heard of that disease. So interesting. Great to see kids so active nowadays though.

Curt said...

Kelly, don't worry that they may not be athletic superstars... they can always just be athletic supporters. Sorry.. that was uncalled for, feel free to delete. Love ya.

Georgia Girls said...

One of the areas of self esteem is sports. As long as they feel comfortable joining in and having fun is a huge benefit. Horses are wonderful animals -- Enjoy these years. I miss them!

Crea said...

I think it's wonderful that they are trying different things to see what fits best. My oldest son surprised us in 8th grade when he decided he wanted to play High School Football. We were shocked because he was never the "athletic" type but he did well and my proudest moment was taking the field with him on Senior night, and I truly miss watching him play.

Anonymous said...

These girls are certainly LUCKY to have a Hip MoM such as you. Enjoy reading your BLOG from time to time to keep up w/family happenings.
THANX and keep it up.
JLG

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