- How was her first week? asked our friend at church this Sunday, as we sat on the floor of the nursery, playing with babies.
- Good. She made the school soccer team and their first game is tomorrow!
- Do you remember when I reffed her games? That was a long time ago. I think you guys were red?
- Red. (I laughed.) So many years she was red.
So many years of soccer under her belt already. So many years of being on the red team, although there was a blue year, and a maroon, maybe? Plus a few seasons of indoor. Then this last year she played club soccer instead of community. More cost, more committment, more competition... She's developing greater skills and a love of the sport. Making great friends there, too. And wearing red.
And now a new achievement - a new step, playing for the school in a season that fill the months till club starts up again. A grade nine among the ones who have been wearing the black for years - new jersey, new competition, new friends.
(I'm linking this up today with Lisa-Jo Baker and her Five Minute Friday.)