We're All Teachers
Last weekend I had the pleasure of watching my two daughters play in a basketball tournament. My oldest daughter's team did great, making it to the championship game and bringing home 2nd place. Yay!
My younger daughter's team also did great, making it to the championship game too. It was a nail biter until the end. In the 2nd half with seconds on the clock we were down by 3 points. Our coach called a time out and set-up the play. We inbound the ball and made a 3 pointer as the buzzer went off taking us into overtime (amazing execution, after all they're only 9 years old).
We go through overtime, end up tying up the score again at the buzzer which results in a sudden death round. At one point during the game a dad from the opposing team gets excited and tosses his baseball cap onto the floor. We had possession of the ball and our team came charging down the court, with the cap still sitting on the court. Thankfully the referee saw the cap and stopped the game before some slipped and got hurt. This should have been a technical foul, but the officials didn't call it.
Our team ended up losing by 2 points. It's not the loss that bothers me, it's the fact that as the game ends, the same dad from the opposing team, looks at us, takes off his cap and throws it back on the court. Now I start to wonder if the first cap incident was an accident or not.
As parents we have a opportunity to teach our children everyday. We hope we are teaching them good things, setting good examples for them. The thing is, kids just don't filter out the bad, they take it all in. It's something we should always remember . . . win or lose.