Monday, May 2, 2011

He did it!

I suppose last night's events in Pakistan will be debated for years to come, but in our family we have a victory no one needs to debate.  You see, some times when a person does what he thought was way beyond his ability, it needs to be celebrated.

Our youngest boy likes football.  But crowds?  Social situations? Being noticed? Anything where people don't follow the rules?  Well, those are a lot tougher for him.  But after a lot of advice and treatment and thought, we signed him up for a six-week flag football league which began yesterday.

Low-pressure, everyone plays, no yelling coaches.  All tailor-made for our boy.

But he was completely overwhelmed.  It took two parents to get his cleats on.  Two parents to help him walk into the stadium. Two parents who kept asking, "Did we do the right thing?"

Then we had our answer:

A game where our boy was told exactly what to do each play by a very encouraging and low-key coach. And our boy did everything his coach suggested.  He hiked the ball.  He carried the ball. He made two fourth-down "flag steals" to stop the other team's touchdowns.  A final score of 6-6.

Afterward, he said he liked it a little bit and will go back next Sunday.  And this morning when I saw him studying his schedule and talking about how many times he will play each team, I believed him.  

P.S. Next week I promise to have Checkered's entire head in the picture.


Cranberry Morning said...

Congratulations to him!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Great job!!!!! You are awesome!

Unknown said...

What a courageous and brave young man. You have every right to be proud, and I am too!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am so happy for him. I hope it continues to be a positive part of his life!!!

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Woohoo, you go football star!!! I'm so happy that ya'll signed him up...sounds like a great activity for your very handsome boy! :o)

God bless and enjoy your day sweetie!!!

Nancy said...

This is great. You must be proud of him.

My kids were never into organized sports -- although I did give them the opportunity to try soccer and baseball, they just didn't want to continue after one season of trying. Which was fine.

Ya know, they turned out great anyway! :)

Mental P Mama said...

That is an amazing accomplishment!!!

Mrs4444 said...

Hooray!!! Whew! I'm happy for all of you :)

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

YAY! This really warms my heart! Good for him!

betty said...

WTG! seems like it could be a good thing for your son!! Sounds like a good thing, especially with what sounds like a good coach!