Monday, June 8, 2009

you can't always get what you want

We had a roller coaster of a weekend. Last week was soccer tryouts for the oldest and middle kids. Lots of teenaged angst, lots of hand wringing parents and then the joy of sitting and waiting for the phone to ring. Add into this mix the fact that a rival club had an entire age group wanting to defect to our club....the rumor mill began churning out a variety of possibilities.

The good news is that the oldest is on a team, the same team she played on this past year with the same coach. The bad news is she wanted to move up to a 'better' team and while she didn't get promoted, her best friend...who didn't even attend tryouts, was awarded that coveted slot.

Hard dose of reality. Big slap to the ego. Lots of tears. Lots of questions. Then the ultimate question....what are you going to do about it? Her them they made a bad choice.

Good girl.

The middle kid is still waiting to hear. Coaches have seven days to call and offer a position to a new player. The good news on that front is her old coach was already contacted and questioned about those intangible things not always evident in 3 hours of tryouts. We expect good news for her.

The lesson of the weekend....just like the song says: you can't always get what you want, but you always get what you need.


Elizabeth said...

Wow! sending hugs for all,,,,, that reminds me why i never played sports :)

Kim Smith said...

Wow send hugs and kisses for me to the kids... just let them know that there are no small jobs only small people.

Liz said...

Thanks for the support girls....I've got a great kid and she will get through this and be better off for it. In many ways, the sooner you learn those tough life lessons, the better off you are. I love the proverb, Kim. Spot on as usual.