W & Baseball

This week has been try outs for middle school baseball for our boys.  X&W both tried out this year, last year only X tried out (and made the team).  I have been anxiously waiting to hear from W to see if he made the team this year, because they find out today.  He text me a few moments ago to tell me that 12 out of 22 kids were picked for the team this year, most if not all was from last year, and he was not one of them.

I am not the kind of parent that thinks every child deserves a trophy for everything they do in life, but I do think that children should be picked for teams based on ability & they should also not be told that they'll make the team - and then not be picked - lied to.  He's so disappointed, and doesn't even want to play baseball anymore.  I don't even know how to talk to him about it, and I don't know how to navigate my feelings towards both boys dealing with the same try outs with totally different results.

My heart aches for Weston....because I know how much he wanted it & how confident he was that he was going to make the team.  He's at school all day today, and some of his friends are jerks and they'll tease him and try to get a rise out of him - but he's a sensitive child and I know it will not go over well with him, right now while he is wounded.  I wish I could take away the pain for him, and I know these are the hard lessons in life.....but what can I do-what can I say!?


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