Monday, 6 July 2009

Sports Day!!!!



It's that time of year again: the egg and spoon race, the sack race, tug of war, the humiliation of being dragged along in the three legged race and all to mark the end of the school year. Fun, fun, fun; or not, if you're a non-competitive, competition hater such as myself. Actually, I tell a lie, I did love the warm orange squash and biscuit we were awarded as a treat after the event, and running. Running was fun too but just running; that is running, without the encumbrance of having to balance a quoit on my head (see picture for some stellar examples of quoits). We were in teams: red, blue, yellow and green, primarily because they were the colours of the sashes one was forced to wear, which in turn, matched the colours of quoits and bean bags (integral to sports day) and, ohhh, the responsibility! The responsibility that came with that sash, the pressure not to let the rest of the time down. Now, I'm talking here, as one who was always the last to be picked at sports. Give me a spelling test and I was there; but sports? I think the main problem was, I didn't "get" having to come 1st. Well, someone had to be 4th, or even last. Put that sash on, however, and you were at the mercy of THE most competitive child in form 2B, as they systematically shattered your illusion of that coveted 4th place. They would FORCE you into athletic prowess, just because you both HAPPENED to be wearing a blue sash and quoit. It's not that I don't see the value in a little competition, it's just that I'm very non-competitive. I like to do well, but if my best means 4th place and I've tried hard then that's fine too. Now, though, schools seem to have done away with sports day. In my 8 years at the "chalkface", I have participated in any number of "fun days" but no traditional, sash wearing, bean bag swinging sports days. The school that D#1 and S#1 attend don't seem to do anything to mark the end of the year; well, there is a teddy bears picnic, plus a few games for s#1. Having said that, I am infamous for misreading letters (in my defence, the amount of letters sent home from my kid's school would paper the walls of a small mansion at the very least) so D#1 could be on for a full on athletic extravaganza soon. Y'know what though? I kind of miss it. Not so much for s#1, he is like me, he hates competitive events; but d#1 would be in her element. She loves a bit of competition, well a lot, if I'm honest; it kind of, drives her forward. My only sigh of relief would have to be, not running the mums race. D#1 would demand it and would expect a win, and it would all end in (my) tears. I can almost hear it: "No mother of mine come in 4th, you go out there and you win!" Hang on a minute, I seem to be raising that child that doesn't value 4th place...how can that be?

Strangely enough, it seems the traditional school sports day is making a come back in some sectors; check this out. When you have tell, please tell me me why? Would YOU put yourself through a sport day type event 30 years after you HAD to do it the first time round?

9 comments:

Dancinfairy said...

Ah, the quoits and the beanbags. The memories. At my school they split us into three teams so there was always just 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Perhaps not the most realistic view of the world? I always came 3rd anyway.

Katherine said...

Hurray for 3rd place. I liked it, and, hey someone had to be! Maybe I should try it at school: "there is no such thing as 1st, 2nd and 3rd darlings; rather, there are degrees of 1st, 2nd and 3rd" I like that idea!

SandyCalico said...

This brings back memories, memories of not being good at sport! I came third in the tug of war when I was nine, I still have the certificate!

Katherine said...

That's good! Hang on....how do you come third in tug of war? Aren't there only supposed to be two teams? Please enlighten ASAP ;-)

SandyCalico said...

Must have been a losers tug-off! Sorry, that sounds rude, but it isn't meant to be!!!

Katherine said...

Lol! ;-)

jen said...

I have to confess to being just a wee bit competitive and having really enjoyed sports days.
I don't plan on pushing my girls too hard though, if they enjoy competitiion well and good and if not, that's fine too.

Only 4 years to my first mums race...better get in training!!!

Thanks for visiting me......

Katherine said...

Yes, I actually do think it adds value to school; some kids love that element of competition so it seems fair to let them have a go. Mums races arrghhhh! I remember my mum coming first once

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