Friday is SO much football day to me now. It's like a glamorous shadow cast over the whole week. Who would have thought I would care about JV football? But I do, just as I learned to care about reptiles, and giant sequoias, and vintage fashion, and the spare-tires-hitched-on-the-back-of-some-SUVS, because of what Charlotte Mason calls "the science of relations" (but perhaps, it should be called an art in a way). In other words, because my kids care about those things. Aidan's the spare-tire fan, in case you are wondering, and the day that our neighbor across the street allowed him to open the back DOOR of the SUV with the spare tire hitch was another day wrapped in glamor.
In the "School is Different from Home" category -- the other day Sean, home from school at 6 pm as usual, had finished dinner and was sitting around talking to us. His eyes landed on Paddy and he remarked incredulously, "Paddy is just this little munchkin that never stops talking!"
To us this was not news, of course, but I suddenly realized how odd a 5- year old must look to a 15 year old who spends the majority of his time with much taller people -- adolescents and post-adolescents, people with gruff voices who say "Dude" instead of well, whatever Paddy says all the time (we usually tune him out, I guess).
In the same category, Sean is not taking Health, but a lot of his friends are, and a few weeks ago they had to carry around an egg for 24 hours and bring it back unbroken. And this was supposed to teach....? Something along the lines of "babies are VERY tiny munchkins that are very fragile and can't just be tossed into a backpack which is then tossed onto the ground when you start football practice after school." But if you didn't already know that from personal experience, I am not really sure the egg would help.
(Here is the away game 2 weeks ago -- Kevin got around to uploading it. Sean is #14, in white -- he plays quarterback and also the defender against the wide receiver -- whatever that's called, I'm an amateur enthusiast. Anyway, they won 28-14).