Second season of soccer. Spring season of first grade.

“Go to the ball, Oliver. Go for the goal!”

Not sure if he has a knack for soccer, a budding interest or like, or just a strong competitive drive.

Perhaps he is simply motivated by the pride of seeing me cheer him on from the sidelines.

“I got a new high-score!” Oliver proudly declared.

“It’s not a high-score, Oliver, its goals. Besides soccer isn’t about winning, its about fun,” replied his teammate.

Three goals!

For whatever reason you play I will cheer loudly, I will give you high-fives, I will break all rules of parent sportsmanship so that you know I see your effort and hard work in spite of the heat, the sweat and the gnats.