Wednesday, June 27, 2007

What have we done?

Last week Cameron went to Basketball camp. He seemed to like it, but maybe I should have known something was up, because when I picked him up he would be laying in the middle of the court.But when I asked him, he said he liked it. So I signed him up for a league. Onece a week, on a team. He started saying he didn't want to do it, but I thought he would be fine once he got there. Scott even took off early to see his first game. When we got there, and he saw how many people were on the bleachers watching, he started to cry and didn't want to play. So we watched for a while, and he did go in for a few minutes. I was sitting there cringing at how awkward and uncomfortable he looked and I said to Scott "You know, I hated team sports as a child". And he says "Yeah, me too". And I thought "Oh my God, what did we do??". Why do we push these things on our kids? Now I am not sure what to do. I don't want him to learn that he can quit anytime he doesn't like something...So I told him that we will go to all the games and at least watch and cheer for his team (who are all great basketball players and it's way more competitive than I thought). And never make him do it again!


M3 said...

Oooo, I hated team sports when I was a kid too. (Actually still do). Looking back I think it was because I wasn't any good at them and didn't like to do anything I couldn't excel at. Eh. Who knows.

C.J. said...

Live and learn. The experience will let him know he tried it and didn't back down.

PS: I hated team sports too...I think I'm an M3 clone on that one. The only one I loved was volleyball.

Chris Ayers & Kelly Kline said...

Yep, me too -- absolutely hated team sports. Perhaps because of that, I've been trying not to assume that Helen will be the same way. As you were describing the awkwardness it made all those old feelings surface. Let's hear it for swimming, biking, and running!