Noah plays soccer now.
Long-time readers may remember that a couple years ago, Noah was "not ready" for his preschool's extracurricular soccer program. He was "disruptive" and "challenging." The other children were genuinely trying to learn "the basics of the game" but Noah was a "distraction." We were asked to "no longer send him." Our money would "credited" toward our next tuition payment, of course.
Basically, he was kicked out. He was three.
Every year since then, in the early fall and spring, Jason has optimistically mentioned soccer. Maybe we should try again? Maybe he's ready now? But then we'd look at the local schedules and team sizes and refund policies and inevitably get skittish and back off the idea.
But Noah plays soccer now.
He plays with his classmates from the public special ed preschool program. He plays wherever we, the parents, can snag a gym slot or open field at a local playground. Jason is the coach, along with another dad. Parents and older siblings usually help out, keeping the kids focused, and nobody cares if somebody is having a bad day and doesn't want to play or is bothered by the grass or their soccer shorts or needs a regular gentle push back in the direction of the action.
The kids do jumping jacks and stretches and dribble and kick the ball into mini-pop-up goals or between cones. If everybody can at least kick the ball around a couple times and get a big round of applause for the attempt before everything descends into chaos, t's a good practice, and all any of us parents are really looking for.
It's not slick or fancy or likely to get anyone scouted for the major leagues. It's better than that. It's perfect.
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