My kids are participating in tennis camp this week. Both of them. Coco and Lou. They are here for 3 hours a day. 9 until noon. I am the only parent who stays and watches. It kind of makes me wonder. What does that say about me as a parent?
I’m not here because I’m afraid one of them will get hurt. I’m not here because I don’t trust the instructors, nor, because I plan to question them on their instruction. I even must confess, I’m not here to watch Coco, and Lou, nonstop, like a hawk. I have looked up plenty of times, from what I’m doing, and I see that I’ve just missed one of them, in line, hitting the ball, or, perhaps missing it. All the same, I’ve missed their turn. I chuckle to myself. Why be here if you’re not going to watch everything they do?
I think I’m here just to show my support. So they know I didn’t have them do tennis camp to use it as a babysitter. I didn’t put them in tennis camp to have time to myself.
I put them in tennis camp so they could learn to play the game; as I think it is something fun the three of us could do together. I put them in tennis camp as it was one of Lou’s goals for 2015; to learn to play tennis. I think I stay to show my support; so they know that I care about what they’re doing. And, I like seeing their achievements. Even if I don’t catch every single one of them. I also like seeing what they’re good at, first hand, and, what they struggle with. That way I can help them, maybe a little. Being here to watch them has been fun.
Coco is a natural. Let’s face it, he’s a natural at everything athletic and academic. It’s the first time he’s ever picked up a racket, and, he’s really doing pretty darn well. He won one match yesterday and almost won another from a 14 year old, who has been playing for a few years now. Lou is doing well also. Especially for being 6, and, one of the youngest in class. She’s connecting the racket to the ball, sometimes. They taught backhands yesterday, and she actually almost won a game!! They are enjoying tennis lessons. Two nights ago they asked me to go in the front yard driveway and rally back and forth with them. It was quite fun.
Just now, Coco hit the ball, like it was a baseball, and the ball almost sailed over the chain link fence, into the next court. Perhaps that’s another reason I stay; for a laugh, a chuckle, and a smile.
Lou just came back from a bathroom break; her brother didn’t go. Off she ran to the same court as Coco so that she could play with him. He told me, this morning, that he woke up last night, around midnight, to go to the bathroom. He found Lou’s bedroom door open; it normally is not. He walked in and he said he leaned over and gave her a kiss on her head. (Really?! I mean Really?!) He said she woke up, kind of, and said, “Uh, maybe, uh, maybe, uh, maybe, could we play tennis this Friday together on a tennis court?” I think they are enjoying their tennis camp and lessons! I’m excited to have another activity that my children and I can do together and have fun together. Today I packed a lunch. After camp we will eat our lunches, and then, head back to the court and play. I am really looking forward to it!!
Originally written 1Jul15