The last few weeks Owen has made it very clear that he doesn't enjoy his soccer games anymore. He still loves practice and has a blast doing drills and things where he gets a lot of contact with the ball, but since he's not aggressive in the slightest and there are lots of kids on his team that are he hardly ever gets to do anything during the games except run back and forth. So today after about 5 minutes of playing he just stopped and stood on the field looking down and all sad. I called him over to me and asked what was going on and in the saddest voice ever he said "I just want to make a goal". It was so sad and cute! I tried to tell him that he has to keep trying and even encouraged him to use his elbows to get into the crowd and get to the ball...but he didn't like those ideas. Luckily we have a very sweet coach (a friend from our ward and a coworker of Russ) who could tell what was going on. He got Owen to go back on the field and had already talked to the other coach who had agreed to set it up so Owen could make a goal and get a little more confidence. The smile on Owen's face afterward so ridiculously awesome! And afterward he got a lot more into the game and ran harder and was visibly having fun. After the game was technically over they pretended like it was still going and let him and another boy make goals again without other kids interfering. Owen was pretty darn proud of his two goals and I was extremely grateful for both coaches for seeing that my timid boy needed just a little something to get his confidence up and have a good time. I went up to the other coach to thank him afterward and he said "that's what it's all about!"...I couldn't agree more.
Oh, and in the last 5 minutes of the game...this is what Owen was doing with his buddy Lucas on the field. And he wonders why he never makes any goals. :)
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