This has been a long weekend but with a feeling of accomplishment. Saturday started early (5 am) with a trip to Mechanicburg OH to watch my granddaughter Kerrigan's soccer match. Unfortunately, I apparently am not good with directions and once we finally found the Y, the match was almost over. I did get to see Kerrigan play and it was fun.
What I found interesting was the fact that you had to watch the match through a window. Bleachers were set up outside the gym and family and friends watched from there. After I thought about it for awhile, this is a really good idea.
I remember growing up playing basketball on the outdoor courts in Martins Ferry. I was always stressful when our parents and family made comments and "coached" from their seats. I remember parents even being barred from attending games because of their conduct.
I must confess, I was probably one of those parents when my children were growing up and playing sports. I complained about bad calls and other assorted complaints.
I never bad mouthed coaches, ours or the opposing teams and NEVER criticized the kids that were playing. That seems to be common practice. Sometimes I don't believe people remember these are just kids playing and these games are probably not going to change the outcome of their lives. I mean, how many pro athletes are there really in the scheme of things.
I liked the fact that Kerrigan and her friends were not subjected to hearing negative comments. They got to play just for fun and according to some 8 year olds present, for the snacks they get afterwards.
And to my kids, I am sorry for all the times I embarrassed you while I was in the stands, but I did do it with love.