May Day Challenge – May 21st

MDBC2016My friend and I got involved in the April A-Z blogging challenge and it motivated us to post 26 blogs. Now we find ourselves on April 30th worried all of that momentum will go to waste. But fear not, we came up with a great idea, the May Day Blogging Challenge. Check the previous post for details.

Kickin’ It

A lot of semi-interesting events took place on May 21st throughout history, however I found myself uninspired by any of them. I’m not saying they were unimportant or even boring, I just find myself sitting here on a Saturday morning thinking of anything and everything else besides writing about this day in history!

But…on my third or fourth review of a website list, I found something which held a special meaning for me.

May 21, 1904 – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded. Soccer!

I never played organized sports myself as a youth or an adult, but when my son turned four, I decided we both needed to make new friends. So I signed him up for youth soccer in our neighborhood. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Life as we knew it changed at that point. Not only did we make friends and open up a whole new world of social activities, but we also found something we could enjoy together. He loved playing, and I loved watching him, and the routine of weekly practices and matches gave us structure and something to look forward to each week. Of course it didn’t hurt that my son is a natural athlete. He wasn’t necessarily the best, but he had frequent moments of brilliance on the field.

Playing on the field gave way to playing in the virtual world through video games, and to this day, soccer is still a part of my son’s life. Last year when he started his freshman year at college, he stayed local and decided to live at home. He was happy with his choice, but when all of his friends gradually left for out-of-town schools, he went through a phase of disappointment and loneliness.

I suggested he check out the intramural soccer leagues at his school, and he instantly shot down that idea. But as is my motherly duty, I kept mentioning it until one day he texted me saying he stopped by the soccer fields and signed up. The next night he had a scrimmage game and that evening I got another text. My son, wasn’t going to be home for dinner because he was going out with “some new friends from soccer”.

Once again, soccer saved the day!

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