Tennis, anyone?

March 6, 2008 at 10:53 am 5 comments

     C is full of enthusiasm. At a recent tennis class, he cheered and applauded every other child in the class whether they’d hit the ball or not. His objective was to hit the ball over the fence, and since he can’t even come close to that, he enjoyed everyone else’s ability to do it instead. “Great shot!” “Good grief, that was high!” “Holy cow!” He clapped, shouted, and jumped around excitedly as he awaited his turn to try to connect with the ball.

     The other parents watching took great delight in him, as adults generally do. The other children in the class looked at him like he was from another planet, averted their eyes and kept their distance. It was in that moment I decided perhaps C is how ALL children should be. Perhaps he has learned the lessons all of us try to teach our children; be supportive, engaged and caring. Applaud your friends’ efforts, good or bad. Take joy in their accomplishments. And most of all, cheer when they hit one over the fence.

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  • 1. awalkabout  |  March 6, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    I think Little Miss and C would hit it off just fine…playdate?? 🙂

    C likes older women. 😉 Absolutely, send her on over. Wouldn’t that be cool?!?

  • 2. Jesch  |  March 6, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    “Good grief, that was high.”
    I can hear him say that.

    He has totally latched on to the “good grief” saying. Makes me think of Charlie Brown, and it cracks me up, despite being something you never hear anyone say.

  • 3. LoisR  |  March 8, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Yes, C has learned some wonderful lessons from caring, sensitive, and supportive parents. As one of C’s teachers, I applaud you.

    Well, Mrs. R., I guess we can have a mutual admiration society, because C (and C’s parents), applaud YOU! He loves his teachers without question, and talks about y’all all the time. Of course, he didn’t tell me about telling YOU to hurry up the other day. Great story, that was. Classic C. 🙂

  • 4. Marjoryyg  |  March 24, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    omg.. good work, guy

  • 5. wilddaisy33  |  March 26, 2008 at 2:54 am

    Thank you! And thanks for visiting!


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