The End of the First Season

by Lisa Donovan

Tonight is my son’s last soccer practice. What I have gleaned from this experience: team sports aren’t for everybody.

My son seemed to enjoy himself, occassionally. But overall, it just really didn’t seem to move him the way we thought it would. He spent most of his time on the field practicing odd breakdancing moves and adjusting his “costume” (most kids refer to this as their “uniform”). Anytime the coach would ask who wanted to sit out, my son was the first to volunteer. “Joseph, aren’t you having fun?”, we would ask. “Sure” he would reply. “Well, why then do you alway want to sit out?”. His response: he just wanted to make sure that every body got a chance to play, that’s all. Yeah right. Part of the truth was inadvertedly revealed in car later when he said, “gosh, I really don’t like getting sweaty. Ick!”.

I can remember a great interview with Christopher Walken that I had heard years ago. He talked about growing up in New York with actor/artist parents and spending most of his time in theater houses and dance studios. He took voice lessons and tap class - he learned how to paint a backdrop for a stage.. Whenever I think back about it, it reminds me a lot of my son. I always had a sneaky suspicion that he wouldn’t be interested in sports - he is far too concerned with his complicated psyche and his “persona” (he truly is a pint sized Marlon Brando circa 1964 - it’s a tough thing to parent, trust me). I am starting to see that he is more of a dramatist than a sportsman. What this means for the future, I have no idea. Whatever the case may be, I will keep all doors open for him. When soccer season starts up again, I will be happy to offer it up. I think, though, that he knows better than anyone that it is not his shtick.

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This entry was posted on Thursday, May 4th, 2006 at 9:00 am and is filed under Activities, Character Development. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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