Both my boys are convinced that they are amazing at everything. It doesn’t matter what it is. THEY. ARE. AWESOME.
I’ve thought long and hard about how I should temper this perceived awesomeness with reality. Then, I decided, what the heck? Does it really hurt anyone or anything if they have a solid belief in themselves? Won’t time, reality and wisdom show them what they truly are and aren’t awesome at? As long as they treat others with respect, I’m going to let it go.
As our first flag football game approached, Full Speed was convinced he would be raining down touchdowns. T.Puzzle was convinced his defensive rushing abilities were unparalleled. I, did not say a word about it. All I said is go out there and have fun.
In a matter of minutes it was clear we were the underdogs (I’m being kind here). After two, painfully long games, we were allowed the relief of leaving the field. We were on our way to meet friends and could overhear the excited chatter of the boys from the backseat of our car.
FULL SPEED: I’m pretty sure I’m going to be a professional football player when I grow up. I’m going to play for Ohio State in college and then maybe the Packers after that. T.Puzzle will like that because he was born in Wisconsin so he will like to come visit.
T.PUZZLE: Yep, I’m THE best rusher on our team.
Mad Dog and I seriously wondered if they had actually paid attention to the two games we just saw them lose. Yes, there were moments of potential. Full Speed did score a couple touchdowns and T.Puzzle sacked the QB ONCE, but that was about it.
So, I may have some reservations that they will play professional football but since no one ever knows what tomorrow holds, I’m letting them keep that dream intact.