Our church has held an indoor Soccer League outreach for many, many years. Our girls were a part of it all through childhood and John coached and ref-ed for years. He loved it and sadly sent his referee shirt to a donation organization just last year thinking his soccer league days were over.
Then he learned our granddaughter, Keri Jill, was old enough to begin now that she is 7 years old. So, first thing this morning, off we went to watch Keri play and cheer her on.
After ascertaining that she looked cute with her pink jacket tied around her waist, she was ready to play.
It began well.
Then, a bit of apprehension set in.
Feeling uncertain about what she should do as Daddy coaches her team and
brothers Silas and Noah look on.
Preferring to watch the boys scrambling after the ball.
Mommy, I just want to go home...
and curl up on the sofa.
Parenting is such a fine balance in encouraging, loving, prodding along yet not pushing too hard. I'm sure every mom feels the same heart tug remembering a time with a child facing a challenge in their young life.