Naomi came home from school a couple of days ago talking non-stop about soccer. How she wanted to play and did I know how to play and what happens if you use your hands and did I know there were special shoes and I want to be on Lizzie's team. So we talked about soccer all day. The rules, the uniforms (of special interest to Naomi), the ball, etc. Then that night I saw Lizzie's Mom at a church event and I asked her what team Lizzie was on because clearly Naomi is dying to play.
Lizzie's Mom looked at me in confusion. Because apparently Lizzie hates soccer. She refuses to play it, ever, even just in the backyard. Lizzie plays softball.
So the next day I talked to Naomi and brought up her sudden urge to play soccer. It had not diminished. Then I tactfully told her that Lizzie didn't play soccer, she plays softball. And Naomi, in true Naomi fashion, said, "Oh, yeah. I got confused. Softball - that's what she plays. I want to play that."
Total silence from me.
I couldn't believe I had just spent 24 hours discussing soccer when she meant a totally different sport. But it's true. She wants to play softball. Really, she just wants to play whatever Lizzie is playing- which, I repeat, is softball, not soccer.
So we spent all of last night and today talking about softball. Which is tricky since I never played softball or baseball or anything like it. I know the basics, but some of the terminology and specifics are a little fuzzy. Softball is, in my opinion, a little more tricky to understand than soccer. You really have to learn two different games - the one where you're hitting and running and the one where you're catching and throwing (offense and defense?).
I'm going to wait another day or two before I actually sign her up. Because clearly her sudden desire to play sports has very little to do with sports. But is that so wrong? I just worry that she'll be the girl standing in the outfield who gets hit square on the top of the head by the ball as she stares out into the woods totally spacing. But again, is that so wrong?
The problem is that I really don't have much experience to pass on to her. I was definitely the girl who would have been spacing out in the outfield - had I played softball.