Once upon a time, in a land not too far away, there lived a parent with a peculiar problem: two left feet and insanely unathletic. Yes, that parent was me. But when you're a solo parent, you don't have the luxury of letting your awkward dance moves define your child's life. So, with all the grace of a baby giraffe on roller skates, I took on the roles of both father and mother to guide my young child through the adventures of T-ball, soccer, Little League baseball, and tennis.
Our adventure kicked off with T-ball, a sport that appeared deceptively simple—until I attempted to swing that arm-length bat, only to air-kiss the ball the size of a gargantuan grapefruit and sat still on the pole.
Not to mention my limited knowledge of baseball, upon learning that every player required a cup, I eagerly bought not one but two Spiderman-themed drinking cups while rehearsing my imaginary 'Sports Mother of the Year' acceptance speech.
Judging by the coach's earnest efforts to maintain a polite demeanor and suppress any eruptions of laughter during the orientation, I'm fairly convinced they hosted a private prayer session solely to recover from their sheer astonishment.
Next on our agenda was soccer. As I attempted to teach my child the basics, I realized I had no idea what I was doing. But nothing could deter us from the pursuit of athleticism and the thrill of kicking a ball into a net. We dutifully practiced at a nearby park once a week, and I must sheepishly confess that the post-practice ice cream became our unspoken motivational reward.
My little one, during that season, dedicated most of their time to flower-picking for me. On one memorable occasion, he stumbled upon a ladybug and sprinted off the field to proudly present it to me. I'm pretty sure that if the assistant coach could magically transform us into human soccer balls, he'd send us soaring so far that we'd start an entirely new life somewhere in Europe.
Little Yet Competitive League Baseball
My son had so much fun giggling through T-ball and soccer. It wasn't until we ventured into the world of Little League, characterized by oversized egos among coaches and the bench-warming fate that awaited kids like my son, that the reality of my missing sports DNA truly struck him..
It felt less like a youth sports season and more like an intensive training camp for the coach and his trio of assistant coaches, all diligently molding their sons for a future in the Major League, two decades down the road. Among the player and parent population, a mere 2% were relegated to the outcast category, their kids largely warming the bench while the parents were graciously excluded from the snooty gathering hosted by the coaches' wives.
Having proudly worn the badge of honor as part of that exclusive 2%, we graciously made our exit from Little League. By then, I had also become wiser and enrolled my child in gymnastics and martial arts, where he flourished splendidly. Even more splendidly, all I had to do was perch on the sidelines with a venti Latte, occasionally accompanied by a good book.