I was reminded last week of the benefits of sport and how wonderful it is to observe boys becoming men. One of the men-children played football this season, fortunate enough to play in the First squad with mainly Year 12 boys (sadly his brother has hung up his rugby boots now that he has left school – no amount of cajoling, encouraging or threatening helping to convince him to keep playing).
For our footballer, I noted a couple of benefits from this season – one, he played with older boys, I am sure a good influence as they are more mature (the drinking games they taught him at the end of season party were NOT an advantage!). Two, he observed up close how they are balancing the demands of Year 12 and sport. And he formed good friendships with some of his teammates, a strongly bonded group, with a great bunch of very supportive parents.
At the end of season gathering, another great chance for the boys and their parents to get together (they really do the parent participation exceptionally well), there were the traditional speeches, videos and presentations to boys and coaches. Naturally each parent delighted in the comments made about their son, all clearly proud to receive such public praise and recognition.
I especially love to see the wonderful young men speak publicly, about their coaches, their teammates, their parents, their school. To witness men-children on the cusp of adulthood, showing grace and maturity is heart-warming and reminds me that my own men-children are on the same pathway, about to emerge from adolescence to adulthood like a beautiful butterfly from a chrysalis.
And whilst we don’t see that side of them often, more the prickly caterpillars at home, or the jousting testosterone-laden lion cubs, I am confident that the persona they present to others is of delightful, well-adjusted, polite young men, with no hint of the way they sometimes behave for their parents at home (isn’t it always the case)?
For those who wonder what happened last week (I know, NO post), could it be that Mother of a Man-Child’s days of writing thrilling stories about the adventures of her men-children is coming to an end? That they will stop to provide me with excellent material for the blog, simply through the things they do on a daily basis, because they are finally growing up? Let’s hope not!!! Although last week passed without any unusual incidents, so I was left bereft of a worthy tale.
I have written about the celebration of boys through sport before – such an important part of their school life. https://motherofamanchild.com/2011/08/26/a-celebration-of-boys-through-sport/