...to watch my daughter having fun with all her classmates. Today I am off to sports day once again...where my grand daughters will be on the starting line...just waiting for the signal to run! I will be standing on the sidelines at the very same sports field where I once played as a student.
Ah...what memories sports day has for me! I could hardly sleep the night before the annual event...in anticipation of running the race...and hopefully winning a ribbon or two. We all rode bikes to school 'back in the day'...and so there was a bike decorating contest as well. That required an early morning rise...to get the bike all decked out in time. My blue J.C. Higgins bike with crepe paper streamers woven through the spokes...and totally smothered in white lilacs...looked most smashing.
Oh yes...and another memory is that of not being allowed to wear shorts...even when it meant I would be the only one in my class wearing peddle pushers! That only lasted for a few years...and then the rules were somehow relaxed at my home.
I loved 'running the race'...and went to the district track meet on many occasions. I never really thought about what a sports day might be like for those who found themselves at the back of the heat in each and every race...and have always been a big advocate of leaving the competitive races in sports day. There was a time when my daughter's school threw out all competition...and every 'race' was a non-competitive group event. All players got participation ribbons...and all moms were totally bored watching events that were simply 'play'. My theory was that those who excel in the classroom are rewarded on many levels...and those who excel in sports should receive their reward as well.
Today I'm re-thinking it all! My heart goes out to a little girl who likely lost sleep last night...and would prefer to stay home today...and has no desire to line up on that starting line. It's not for lack of effort, that she doesn't finish at the front of the pack! I'm going to cheer her on...and tonight we're having a post-sports-day party...and there'll be prizes for all!
Have a great weekend!