My youngest nephew is playing flag-football. My Hannah use to play flag football with the boys...7years ago! Back then, she was the only girl on the flag football team. I remember her first game very well. A punk boy looked at her and growled and told her that only boys play football. And my no-fear child became a bit reserved on the field that day. And that broke my heart...so I came up with a new strategy.
We talked about what that boy said to her after the game was over...and then I encouraged her to always do her best.
I say the word encourage because, I became that mother.
I told her that I would pay her a $1 for every flag that she grabbed and $5 or maybe $10 (I can't quite remember now) for every touchdown that she made. The twinkle in her eyes returned.
And the next game she grabbed every one's flag and scored 2 touchdowns...and then my bank account was never the same. Ha! It was a great flag-football season for Hannah and her team. I still have her itty-bitty football cleats tucked away in my hope chest. She learned that year that girls can play flag football too...but better yet, that punk kid learned it too! ;-)
So, back to my youngest nephew. With photography sessions abounding, I had a rare evening where I could go watch him play. I took my BGC (big girl camera) along for the game. His eyes lit up when he saw me...okay when he saw my camera. From that moment, it was game on!
Isn't he cute?
Ya'll have a great weekend!