- I'm getting really freaking old
- Finn has not done a very good job of positioning himself as Jeter's heir apparent.
And so it was that with a goal of significantly increasing the amount of spittle flying out of my mouth and veins popping out of neck that we signed Finn up for fall soccer. For some reason, he didn't seem overly excited - as in, didn't want anything to do with it - until I promised that unlike in Little League, I wouldn't be coaching soccer and therefore wouldn't be standing directly behind him for 5 innings, criticizing the way he was kicking the infield dirt. Suddenly, he was open to the idea.
Lucky for Finn, I know absolutely nothing about soccer - which apparently separates me from every other dad at the field, based on the "encouraging" screams of criticism coming from all sides. I don't want to sound like a hippie, but man, these dudes need to lighten up. I've significantly rethought my approach toward sporting with Finn based on just three games and Kitty and I have decided that from here on out, we would be nothing but supportive and would maintain realistic expectations.
Given that Finn has never played soccer before and his initial approach to the game appears to involve circling any ball in play from a distance of no closer than 30 feet and/or carefully considering all balls kicked directly to him for such a period of time as to allow anyone to come along and kick it away, realistic expectations are a must. Our goal today? Just kick the ball. Any ball. In any direction. And kick it hard.
And you know what? He did. Like six times. The ball didn't go anywhere near the goal, but he couldn't be happier and therefore, neither could we. I gave a him a standing ovation as he exited the porta-potty, but for some reason, he wasn't as into that.
I think we're gonna like this soccer thing.
At least until it starts raining. Which should be right about... now.