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Silent soccer

Posted: November 21, 2008 10:10 p.m.
Updated: November 22, 2008 4:55 a.m.
At first, I was outraged that I should have to shut my trap at my child's soccer game. Indignant, I wondered "what's next?"

Khaki uniforms for the parents and mandatory Tai Chi/meditation at sunrise before the drop of the ball on Saturdays?

Silent Sunday taught me another one of life's little lessons in human nature, though.

When my kid was floundering and making mistakes on the field, it took every ounce of restraint for me to zip my lip and refrain from barking orders; however, in the silence on the sidelines, I was able to hear clearly the rude remarks from another parent about my child's missteps.

That was sad.

It hit me where it hurts the most, and made me really think about my priorities during the game.

It made me reflect on my own sideline behavior at times, and this day of silence - which first made me angry and defiant - has me putting down the magnifying glass and picking up the mirror ... something perhaps a few other parents should do from time to time.


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