I knew this day would come, and now it has. Caleb started his first team sport this weekend. Soccer. YEA! He loved every minute of it from shopping for gear, selecting new shoes, choosing practice clothes, donning his uniform for the first time, and mostly, getting on the field with his team and playing his heart out.
The league is very relaxed. They don't have goalies, they play 4 to a side and only for about 35 minutes each game, and they don't keep score. The second the game was called, however, Caleb wanted to know if his team, the Bulldogs, had won. We didn't know, we weren't paying attention. But, he did score twice (and twice during practice he reminded us) and had fun, so yes, they won. Right? Isn't that what team sports are all about? Having fun?
Isaac, despite desperately wanted to escape to the playground, dutifully sat on the sidelines at times cheering his brother on and at other times amusing himself by picking at the astroturf field or staring off into space. He says when Caleb is done playing Soccer he'll start playing Basketball. I'm not sure where that idea is coming from, but I am busily looking for Basketball options for 3 year-olds (wish me luck!).
We have 8 more games this season and next week we'll be bringing the orange slices, so I guess that makes it official, soccer is our newest family hobby. Now we just have to wait for the inevitable targeted political mailings for our particular demographic.