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Friday, January 10, 2014

Five Minute Friday: See

soccer


I'm walking down the sidelines in the cold indoor soccer field with my arms crammed full with boots, coats, clothes, my purse and I find a quiet spot on the bleachers. As I'm plopping down this camel load my son calls out to me. 

"Mom, did you see my goal?"

Oh no, I was supposed to be watching. I missed his first goal of the game for this session of soccer. 

I shout back to him that I'm sorry, I didn't see it and ask the few other moms scattered around if anyone happened to cheer.

Silence. There was no one else there to shout out for him. I was his cheerleader. For the rest of the game I sat with my eyes fixed on the field, craning my neck around spectators that would stop to chat in front of me. I wasn't going to miss another great move if I could help it.

He'd asked me in the van on the way in to town if I'd be cheering for him. Yes, I'll be cheering for my baby boy, I teased as I tossed him back a smile. Moooomm…

I never know with him. 

Sometimes, he makes it clear he doesn't want me to cheer 'cause it makes him too nervous, like when he's the pitcher in baseball. But he seemed ok with it when his little mama went wildly running up and down the diamond madly hurrahing for him when he got his first home-run hit.

But, when he was hoping I'd see I let him down.

I know it's just a soccer goal and he's only 8 and there will be many more games and goals.

I also know I need to stay intentional about cheering on my children.

And not just for goals in soccer, but the great things in life.

You know, like the things unseen.

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Linking with Five Minute Friday at Lisa-Jo's place. This week the prompt is: See

Officially, the rules are:

Five Minute Friday1. Write for 5 minutes  {Full disclosure: I most often spend a little more time than this.}
2. Link up at Lisa-Jo's  and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community...

3 comments:

  1. I have an eight year old little man who is always asking, "Did you see, Mom?" "Did you look?"
    It's so hard to keep up - to always be engaged.
    But worth the work! :-)
    Thanks for sharing today.

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  2. Hi! Here from FMF. Ahhhh, yes. I know how you feel. My 7 year old is always saying, "Mom! Look!" Thanks for sharing such a transparent post. Have a lovely weekend!

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  3. Our kids so long for our affirmation, don't they? (Even when they are teenagers and they roll their eyes! lol) So sorry you missed the first moves on the field that day, but what a blessing to know there will be many more!

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