(Hmm . . . must admit though, I was rather chuffed that our grandson's team recently came amongst the top 8 out of 70 teams in his category at a regional international Silver Stick tournament.)
Would parents really want that for their ten-year-old? You must strike the right balance, we say; it’s not always easy, though. Let kids have fun and enjoy the game.
That said, today’s musings aren’t really about hockey or kids or kid-pushing parents; it’s about us. About life. About the gift of life and whatever prospects for good this infant year may hold. We’ve been privileged to enter and live in it, thus far.
We sometimes remark about what the years have done to someone. But what have we done to our years? Let us enjoy them.
We will encounter problems and challenges–situations that stretch us, that cause us to cringe, driving us to our knees. Some may be relatively inconsequential, while others may be extremely serious. If, in the midst of these, we can have fun and find enjoyment in simple things – in the small blessings of everyday, our living will not be in vain.
(Bobby Orr graphics from publically available sources.)
Peter A. Black is a freelance writer in Southwestern Ontario, and is author of “Parables from the Pond” – a children's / family book: mildly educational, inspirational in orientation, character reinforcing. (Finalist -- Word Alive Press ISBN 1897373-21-X)
His inspirational column, P-Pep! appears weekly in The Guide-Advocate. His articles have appeared in 50 Plus Contact and testimony, and several newspapers in Ontario.
Peter’s current book project comprises a collection of 52 column articles.