So with all this time, I got to thinking. Some of my fondest childhood memories are me at dance classes and performance's, playing netball and hockey. Although the activity was enjoyable what I loved most about it all was seeing my Mum and Dad on the sideline. I remember looking over at them after scoring a goal or at the end of a performance and feeling my chest fill as though they were injecting me with the pride and love they felt for me in that moment......these are the emotions that we carry with us into adulthood......these are the same feelings I want to instil in our children.
I can't begin to describe what it was like to watch Hannah play on the same courts I played on at her age.....to watch her learn to play the game as she played.....her skills developed quickly and she became a valuable member of a team of beautiful girls.....and all while I sat eagerly glued to her on the court, calling out instructions and encouragement......all the while feeling my chest swell with pride and hoping she too would feel what I felt. And while they didn't make it into the finals. In fact they only won one game. These girls had the time of their lives on the court every week! I am so very proud of Hannah.....and her team!
This is Isaac's second season of basketball. Crazy I know considering he's 6'6" and wearing size 16US shoes....the kid was built for basketball. But until he hit grade 11, despite all our previous encouragement he was not interested in playing. INSANE I know!!!! Now he can't get enough of it. So our plan is to get him into club basketball next season as he is currently in the school musical "Treasure Island" and playing the role of Billy Bones as well as the Bearded Lady.....hence the beard.
I have made it to every game but one.....I have loved watching Isaac play and develop. I have watched his frustration when he gets pulled up on fouls....I have watched the elated expression on his face when he finally manages to score a basket after a few attempts.....I am usually the most vocal person at their games! Lol!
On one occasion several of the boys from their school sat in and watched a game. I witnessed these boys mocking some of the team. Isaac overheard one of the boys commenting on Isaac's inability to get a basket....I watched Isaac blow the comment off.....he then went on to score twice. Can I just tell you......despite the points gained, these comments still haunt Isaac. I have watched him pass the ball off so many times since instead of taking the chance and shooting.....I see that comment weigh on him. We have had numerous discussions about this.....he is my softy....he is not infallible......his height doesn't give him and instant advantage.....he has to believe in himself first.
Win or loose....I will be his biggest fan......I will never stop believing in him.....I will continue to cheer the loudest from the sideline....for I know that it isn't about winning or loosing the game, it's about what is in your heart, that you speak with your mouth that will have the biggest impact on the long term outcome of a person.
Peace and love to you all my friends xxx