On Saturday, Luke began soccer. He started off with a bang and went right into their first game since their only scheduled practice so far got rained out. Drew and I were nervous about the game, knowing Luke's personality. Luke really likes to practice before he attempts new things in front of people. He also likes to ease into situations. But, once he's comfortable, he really lets loose. That proved to be true on Saturday.
Here is a photo I posted on Facebook and Instagram of Luke on Friday night. He was excited about soccer:
And this was Luke at the game on Saturday:
|Luke was scared and cold (it was chilly at 7:45am).|
|Luke (#5) and some of his teammates getting a pep talk from the coach.|
I captured a short video of Luke "playing" soccer on Saturday. It is a pretty good picture of how it went for us on Saturday. I had brought Luke's little collapsible chair for Abbey to sit in during the game. It was vacant most of the time though, so when Luke would catch a glimpse of it while he was playing, he would, at times, run off the field to sit in the chair. I think that is what he is doing towards the end of the video below.
You can see he started to become more brave and go after the ball, but then decided to go back to his comfort zone (his chair on the sideline next to me).
On the way home after the game in the car Luke told us, "I didn't like the black team. They kept stealing the ball." So, it was then that he got his first lesson from mommy and daddy in team sports and how competition works. Regardless of how Saturday's game went, I can tell that even though he wasn't participative during the game, he definitely learned some lessons.
Below is a video of Luke playing soccer at home. You can see the night and day difference! He was just so shy in Saturday's game situation after being thrown in there with no practice. I am sure once he gets to know some players on the team and gets to have a practice, he will have a lot more fun and not be afraid! Because, as you can see from the video, he really does enjoy soccer.