So, you know how kids are always surprising us? How, just when we think we have them all figured out, the show us a facet of themselves that we never would have guessed was there?
That's what Sam just did.
His entire life I've known a few things about this kid. He's gentle. He's thoughtful. He notices everything, except when he's wrapped up in a game or puzzle and notices nothing. He loves fun. And affection. Yep, he's a sweetheart through and through.
But, just a couple of months ago he threw me for a loop. I never expected this boy would fall for football the way he has. In our small, rural town football is big. Huge. Lots of kids start playing before they start reading. Sam's done sports - baseball, soccer, basketball. He loves them. And he's pretty good at them - a little distracted, but good. And then Sam started school, and football is what all his friends play at recess.
He was hooked. He didn't "get" it, but he was hooked.
Can you imagine his happy face when he opened up those two footballs on Christmas morning? That face you see up there? That's hours later. Hours of tossing and catching a football, all inside because of the snow. Even plenty of time spent cuddling and hugging them!
So, these kids, we think we know them, think we've helped them find and explore their talents and interests. But, they are these amazing individuals and find their own paths - so different from the ones we thought! I never would have guessed this sweet kid would go for rough and tumble football. We have rough and tumble kids. But, that's not how I'd describe him. But he sure loves it!
I guess now I probably need to finally get a grip on just how that game is played. It's always confused (and kinda bored) me.