September 10, 2013

That time I nearly peed my pants
at a football game


My son had his second football game on Saturday. To give you a little back story with Dain and football, he didn't love it at first. Practicing five days a week for over two months was really hard on him. He'd never played before. He didn't understand all the plays. His coaches wanted him in the starting lineup, but he was hesitant. Then, after a kid broke his arm at practice, he was ready to quit. All of the experienced parents told us this was normal. We talked to Dain and encouraged him to keep giving it his all. We told him he didn't have to play next year if he didn't want to, but he couldn't quit when he hadn't even played his first game. The coaches talked to him. They gave him extra attention once they realized he needed it. The head coach told him he'd give him time to build up his confidence. He told him that eventually it would all fall into place. "One day, it'll just click for you, Dain."

Last Saturday, Dain was in for only three plays on defense. This Saturday, he played the entire second half. He played both offense and defense. And the very first time they handed the ball off to him, on his very first carry, my boy ran it in for a TWENTY-EIGHT YARD TOUCHDOWN! He actually read the defense, found a hole, avoided tackles, and RAN LIKE THE WIND!

Our entire family was there. We screamed. We jumped up and down. I nearly peed my pants. And yes, I totally cried a little bit. Obviously, I would never push my boy to do something he doesn't want to. If he really doesn't want to play football next year, he doesn't have to. Even though we'll all be a teeny bit disappointed, we'll move on. Thankfully, I think he's come around.

I do believe his coach was right. Everything finally clicked for Dain. The kid who didn't know a thing about football can tell you without hesitation that he scored on a Stack Right 47 Reverse. That's my boy!



He's been nicknamed Dain Train.

And he loves it.

14 comments:

Stephanie said...

That is awesome!! I think he's going to love it now, who doesn't like to score?!
My mom was the same - don't quit in the middle of the season, you signed up you stick it out.

Jen @ That's What She Read said...

o my gosh, i got goosebumps reading this! that is so sweet and the look on his face is priceless!!! :)

Erin said...

I love your view about not letting him quit this year but being okay if he doesn't want to play next year! That's a great way to teach him responsibility and perseverance without being unreasonable.

I'll need to pocket that advice for my girls and their future endeavors.

Thank you!!


And way to go, Dain Train!!!

Lori Vann said...

love love love! Wait to go Dain!

KatyK said...

OMG go Dain!!!!! That's awesome!

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

ACK!!! So exciting!! And sweet. I'm always happy when coaches take the time with kids. You never know what kind of gem you may have if you don't take time to help them! CONGRATS TO DAIN and you MOMMA!

Tami said...

EEEEP! This is so amazing. Congrats to your little man and hats off to you for making him stick it out :)

Mrs. Match said...

Go Dain!! That's amazing. I'm with you, I'd be disappointed if piglet doesn't want to play football, but I won't force it. I do believe in following through for the whole season. I think you guys did the right thing, and I bet he's hooked now. Watch out for the Dain train!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

So sweet!!

Christina said...

I love this. I teared up a little reading it! I'm so glad that his hard work finally paid off. Football seems like such a tough sport for kids this young, but if he's willing to stick with it, he'll have the tools to be an amazing high school player. ...if he wants to be. :)

April said...

So awesome, Dain Train!! I totally teared up picturing you and your fam cheering little man on. Football is definitely an amazing sport to be a part of ... I am hoping my boys will learn to love it, too.

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Awww how great!! I would've been screaming too! ;)

Dinah Gacon said...

How cool is that, you definitely must be one proud mama!!!!

xo Dinah @ Sunshine super glam

nikkinicolealison said...

This is a way late comment but I am just getting caught up on my blogs.
This is so awesome. If he continues to play .... and plays through high school I think you should put this picture next to a similar photo of him as a senior or something. That would be amazing.
I think the touchdown would be a tremendous boost to his confidence. And, even if he doesn't play ... he finished the season and didn't quit on his team. That teaches a great lesson for life in general.