Sunday, July 01, 2007

We are the champions my friends…

a hard tackle
And they are! The boy's rugby team WON the city finals. It came down to a final match against the only other undefeated team in the league this season. Our other club team! Yep it was the old school boys (Sheilds in green) vs the football Dad's boys (Swords in white) and guess who won. I've never seen any of the boys play so hard, every try was hard fought to the bitter end and in the end the Shields only won by three points. It was great! Fun to watch and well played on both sides.

the line out… note intense look on the boy's face.
I went to watch a friend's son play baseball… no offence to my American friends but compared to watching rugby… it's like watching paint dry. There were tons of Mom's in the stands. I said, "You never see this many Mom's at the rugby games." to which she replied, "Of course you don't, they can't bear to watch their son's getting hurt."

the scrum
The boy already has designs on some classmates to get them signed up for next year.

hang onto the ball lads!
And school is out. YEAH!! No more rugby… no more school… nothing to worry about for 2 whole months! The boy's transition to Junior High did not go well. School this year was a total right off. Absences, issues, I hate to say bad…but young, inexperienced, stressed out, teachers who were not able to reach out to my son. I am hoping next year will be better.

I am very excited about the boy's psychologist. She specialises in issues surrounding anxiety, depression, LD kids, School refusal all the stuff we've been struggling with and our intake session went very well. Her philosophy is good, I felt very much at ease with her. She likens anxiety to a visitor, something you let in and what she does is teach kids how to shut the door. The boy has his first real session with her in just over a week, we have the Summer to get things going and by September I'm hoping for good things. I was really worried about the cost. My coverage for this sort of thing is limited. She told me to let her know if at any point it becomes a financial burden. She said we've accepted you as our clients, the treatment doesn't stop because you can't afford it. So that was reassuring.

Anyway, no knitting today, still working on the heinous mohair wrap. Self torture disguised as fun hobby. My best friend is coming Tuesday, 4 kids and 2 adults in a 750 sq. ft. house with one bathroom, we will need 2 things--good weather and lots of booze, The house is a shambles must work on that. HAPPY CANADA DAY!

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Blogger sophanne said...

I can imagine that rugby is much more interesting. I went to a match at the local university, didn't know anyone there, and still shuddered at what those kids were doing with their bodies.

Glad to hear about a good dr. You must also feel good about the interest/commitment to the sport. It's a light in the black hole of anxiety. if there's something to hang on to, at least he knows what that feels like.

I've been a music teacher for 20 years. I see those sad, angry, or anxious kids come through. I do what I can on such a limited basis-mostly creating a safe place for them to be and letting them do what they feel they can while gently encouraging a little risk. He is so fortunate to have a mum who accepts what he's going through as real and is working hard to do something about it. Mostly I'm sayin "YAY YOU!"

Thanks for the "cross the harbor" idea. That's exactly the kind of thing we're looking for. I really believe that it doesn't have to be "produced, packaged and sold" to be an adventure-and generally those producers, packagers, and sellers have such a naive-stereotypical idea of what the right thing is for kids.

Happy Canada Day!

8:46 AM  
Blogger leah said...

How exciting for your son. Having a physical outlet for the stress of anxiety is a great way to deal with it. Good for you, in being so supportive!

I've had "visits" from anxiety for years, and always feel better with strenuous exercise.

5:23 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Woot woot, hooray!!

9:20 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Hurray for the rugby champs!! Good for them. I'm glad you've found someone who can be a real help to your son. I hope school next year is much better for him.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Gina said...

Congratulations Boy!! Way to Go!!

And good for you too Marnie. It does take something special to parent a child with differences. Sometimes making it to the finish line is a real victory.

5:53 PM  
Blogger dana said...

Congratulations to your son! It sounds like things will be looking up for the two of you over the summer.

12:52 PM  
Blogger granolagirl said...

congrats to the rugby champs! Hope to see you at SnB one of these nights.

7:44 PM  

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