Friday, January 30, 2009

Growing Up So Fast

I have two daughters, who I tend to refer to as Thing 1 and Thing 2. Thing 1 recently turned 10. Thing 2 just turned 4.

The soccer club in which I coach just added a program for 3 and 4 year olds, starting this spring. Having grown up on a soccer field, watching her sister's games, Thing 2 is desperate to play. So, Santa brought her a size 3 Adidas soccer ball....white and pink.

Today, we took her to a sporting goods store where he got her a pair of shin guards (tiny shin guards too, I can't believe they make them that small), a pair of soccer socks, and her very first pair of Adidas boots (which she insists are sneakers....she doesn't believe me when I tell her that they're called boots). They are white, with pink stripes and pink cleats.

Tonight, we did what any father and daughter would do....we kicked her soccer ball around for 20 minutes inside the house, down the back hallway. She is quite good, for her age, with passing, different kind of traps, and after she saw me make a backwards pass, she had to try it too, very much a Brazilian style.

Thing 1's season starts in 2 weeks. Thing 2's season starts on March 21, so it's going to be a long month of watching Thing 1 play while she sits the sidelines. But, that should give her plenty of time to practice Cruyff turns and bicycle kicks.

10 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great father and daughter moment. Posts like this almost make me want to breed

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  2. you're gonna post pictures, right?

    right?!

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  3. i LOVE soccer for tiny kids! it's so cute to watch. like brownian motion all over the field with occasional, bewildered contact with a ball. then again, that might just be my kids. neither of them was particularly athletic ...

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  4. I echo Sound Echo. We need pictures.

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  5. Lermy- Please, don't.

    Stevie Nicks - This is too cute. You're showing your nice side......What's with that?

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  6. God, I remember when she was a baby - one of my favorite pics was your profile pic of the two of them together, baby with a beer bottle ;)

    It does go by fast, especially when you starting counting how much time you have LEFT til they're grown.

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  7. i'd be a horrible parent.. i'd be forcing my kid into crossfit and calling them a pussy for not snatching a kettlebell above their head faster..

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  8. I am sure I play footy with guys with exactly the same colour scheme boots.

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  9. I really wish I'd played soccer

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