We’re still trying to find what the kids thing is. That one extra curricular activity that they can excel at. For some people it’s soccer, for some it’s an instrument for others it’s drama or art.
As a kid I did dance and brownies. I took piano, I joined the Junior Red Cross, the 4H and the debate team. I even spent time learning how to make lace by hand. *yawn*. I was a cheer leader for like 2 days, I joined the track & field team because for some reason I thought I would be good at long jump. NOT! I still don’t have a thing. I am more like the jack of all trades, master of none type and I wish it were different. I wish I had one thing that I was good at. A part of my issue is that the opportunities just weren’t there where I grew up. I loved dance, but by 6th grade I had gotten to the point where if I wanted to learn more, my Grandparents would have had to drive me into Kingston (a one hour drive away) during the week after school and they weren’t willing to do that. Another issue was that I am not musically inclined so while I had taken 8 years of piano, I was horrible. The only thing I can play today is the C scale. The sports that were easily accessed (track and netball) weren’t my strong suits. I like to think my problem with netball was that I was kinda short; not that I lacked the athletic ability. I think I would’ve enjoyed being on a swim team, but neither my school nor my home town had one of those.
So far, my boys have tried soccer and martial arts. Both were a no-go. We’ve checked out swim teams but the practice times don’t work for us. The same with baseball. Ace enjoyed being in the drama club and would love to audition for a role in the Spring play but it’s just not doable due to transportation issues. He would need someone to pick him up at 4:30 and that’s not a commitment we can make. Jay fortunately is able to be in his schools art club so that’s great for him.
Now we are trying tennis. They meet on Saturday mornings at 9:30. This we can handle. I actually am a fan of tennis myself and make my way to a court whenever I can find a partner, (not that I’m very good but that has never stopped me before), so IF they like it and WHEN they get a little better at it, I would really enjoy playing with them. So far, they’ve had one lesson and they both loved it. It could be a really good event for them. It takes a lot of energy and stamina – which they have. It relies on individual effort, there’s little to no contact and they practice in small groups so they get some individual attention – which suits their personalities. It doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment – which suits my pocket.
Wish us luck!