Well. He went and did it. Hot Dog (9yo) has made me a soccer mom.
First, last fall he and Lego Kid begged for soccer, well after the start of the recreational season (of course). I found a local class for beginners and signed them up for that instead. That was enough for Lego Kid, but not for Hot Dog. I got a "get out of jail free" card with winter. Really, who can play soccer in the winter? (Shush you 3 on 3 indoor players. Gawd. Look at me talking all soccer-y now.)
But, with spring upon us, I had no more excuses. It was soccer season, and he really, really, REALLY wanted to play soccer - on a team, with other kids, and against other kids. Lord have mercy. I let him. I signed him up, surprised at how affordable soccer is. $95 for 2 practices and 1 game a week for 8 weeks. That works out to just over $1/hr of soccer. Wait. That's 3x/week of soccer, for 8 weeks. That's a lot of soccer I'll be driving to. A lot of late dinners and early morning games. (Somebody needs to saint me here)
Oh, and it's not so cheap as I thought. It turns out that kids don't play shirts and skins, you need to buy a league jersey. And a size 4 ball (we have a size 5, not good enough), and cleats (really? Yes.), and soccer socks, to go over the soccer shin guards (well, those really are a good idea), and then of course Hot Dog really wanted special soccer shorts to go with it all.
He had his first practice last night and he LOVED it. Hot Dog is incredibly fit, thin, and active. Good thing, because not only is he tiny (at 9yo, size 8 is loose on him) but he has asthma. Staying fit and keeping his lung capacity large will help him physically and mentally.
sigh.... so now he has jujitsu once a week, soccer 3x/wk, instrument lessons 2x/wk, and will have pottery 1x/wk for 5 weeks this spring. I'm tired just reading that.
Remember when I said I would never be one of those parents who let their kids and family get over scheduled? ya, it's some weird sort of cosmic justice.