competition and popsicles

The end of the year soccer tournament was yesterday morning.  Four teams of 1st – 3rd graders spent the morning braving the heat, showing their skills, and just enjoying the game! Image

As I watched Rose run and scramble for the ball, I was reminded of her first such soccer tournament, not so long ago.

She was not yet in kindergarten, one of the shortest on the field, with a pinny that came down to her toes. She spent the whole of each game happily jogging after the ball wherever it went. I remember asking her as she came off the field, “You’ve played two games so far, do you know who won?”  She shook her head and shrugged, made a silly face, and then ran off to get a popsicle.

I think that’s how sports should always be. Give it your all, don’t give a thought to whether you won or lost, then dash for a popsicle.

Since then she’s gotten a bit more competitive, but not much.  By nature she’d rather make friends than compete against them, and I couldn’t help but notice that whenever she went head to head against a classmate, she was smiling as she tried to kick the ball away.

The results of the tournament were perfect for our young friendly competitor.  A four way tie.  Image

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  1. Hi Megan! This is Amy from The Messy Middle — I updated my blog this weekend but haven’t been able to move subscribers from wordpress. Sigh. So, if you want to keep following me, you’ll need to resubscribe through wordpress (messymiddle.com). I’m slowly learning more about technology, that’s for sure … thanks for following! Hey to Mark and the girls 🙂

    Amy

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