As a Dad there are certain times when you smile just a little bigger at your kids.
Now don’t get me wrong a Dad will always be pleased when their sons do their best but this last Thursday Macuen scored his first goal during a soccer game. The poor kid is at a disadvantage because his Dad didn’t play soccer, football, or basketball during highschool. His dad ran cross country and track with a few years of wrestling thrown in so when it comes to giving him the rules of the game he was lost. Then we didn’t play on the westside – when he started in the middle of last season he was playing with kids who had played all their lives. Oh he was green! Then there is the fact that he is blind in one eye and has a short attention span…that is why he will never play baseball..but that is another issue.
This season started out with him behind the eight ball because they lost him in the team lists which meant no team called him until the day of the first game and that was after two days of calling each coach trying to find out where he belonged. The coach said “I guess we will take him”..then the last few games the coach has shortened his playing time more than every other kid –
Game night came along and he was ready to go…mom and dad were ready to see how coach would handle the rotation if we were losing – then he got into the game made his rotations – the moment came where coach would sit him out early but this is time he didn’t and Macuen did a kartwheel in the middle of the field – and took the pass right to the goal and scored!
It was so thrilled and he will never know he got less playing time. Dad smiled.