So when all three boys said they wanted to play this year, I was like "Sure!"
Both teams that my boys are on have very good coaches. Nice guys who love the game and want to win. But watching the boys fall down, get pummeled my other kids isn't really easy. Sometimes they seem to lay there for a minute before they get up.
Then the coach says, "Did that hurt?"
The kid responds, "Yeah, kinda."
Coach smiles big and says, "Good." And then grabs the kids helmet and gives it a shake. I've seen kids cry and run back onto the field.
For the boys in my house, this is a different response than hugging them and kissing their wittle ouchies.
It seems like a place where there is little room for feelings or signs of weakness. And of course, I am NOT from the school that believes such things make them into men. But the boys love every second of it. I am hoping we can go back to soccer, like normal people. But I don't see that happening for awhile.
Until then, I'll just play them this video every day.