It’s Family Day here in Alberta….a time to sleep in, relax, drink some java, read the newspaper, catch up on Twitter and FB…and of course to spend some downtime with the family.
Having time to reflect on this past weekend…my mind kept going back to what I saw and experienced these past few days;
We spent the majority of this weekend at a Invitational Basketball tournament here is out hometown. 25 teams from around the Province made their way to our little city just North of Calgary. That’s approximately 250-300 – 11 to 12 year olds along with their moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas and all their siblings.
I made the assumption that I personally would be there to watch my son play a little ball, connect with a few parents on his team and that would be it – boy was I wrong! This weekend once again gave me a glimpse into the world of pre-teens and the pressures they have to face on a daily basis.
The drama in the cafe area with all those kids was more intense than any full court press or last minute jump shot to win the game. I saw 12 year old boys who are still trying to find themselves – while there best friends who are early bloomers look more like freshmen in college.
There were the tomboys – who wore the baggy clothes and sat off in the corner – while other girls changed out of their uniforms as quickly as possible so the fashion show could begin.
The air was full of excitement, hesitation, confusion, frustration and it had nothing to do with basketball….
Being a teenager today is hard!