With football and school in full swing, both YaYa and my plates are full of much to do. Once more, morning comes too early and dinner comes too late. Already, YaYa is feeling a little overwhelmed, I take note of YaYa’s waning enthusiasm and how he tackles the issue.
After Monday’s tutoring session he asked me if he could skip football practice if he had too much homework. He was feeling like his weekly tutoring session had interfered with his completion of homework. I reminded him how much longer he used to struggle to gain understanding of his assignment, let alone get it done. I also reminded him that he had two solid hours to get the bulk of the work done before practice. He took a deep breath and we drove home.
After dinner, I told him how proud I was that he’d taken the initiative to ask his math teacher if he could take his pre-test to his tutoring session so he could get help on the questions he’d missed. He smiled and said “thank you.” And then he got to work.
Morning came, and YaYa was complaining of a new little aches to add to his long list of aches and pains. It’s part of the tackle football package. Again, he asked if he had to go to practice. Loading my bike into the car for my new bike commute from his school to work (instead of from home), I reminded him of his commitment to the team. At the same time, I reminded him that I’d need extra lead-time to get to the school on time to pick him up IF his aches and pains were SO BAD that he couldn’t possibly attend practice.
Of course that call never came. At the end of practice, YaYa was caught up explaining (or trying to) some of the plays and, with excitement, a few possible shifts in his assigned positions. Instead of asking if he might skip football, he described conflicting feelings for missing it due to our plans for a backpacking trip during the 3-day holiday weekend. I listened, acknowledged his feeling of wanting to be two places at once, and was thankful for the renewed interest which allowed him to finally tackle his waning enthusiasm.
Then, we went home to tackle dinner and homework.