“Character” revealed on the soccer field…

It’s been said that sports do not build character, but reveal it.

Yesterday afternoon, on a brilliant New England September Sunday, I watched my beautiful 7-year old granddaughter play her first soccer game of the season.

She ran.

She hustled.

She fell.  And got up again.

She scored her first goal ever.

I was mesmerized by her strength and skills and fortitude.

But, during the game, when she knelt down to tie the cleat of a fellow player…

… the power of her character was revealed.  And I couldn’t have been more proud.

I love you, Taylor.  I love you for your strength, your brilliance, your kindness, your humor, your precious beauty.

And I love you for your character.

“Character” revealed on the soccer field… was last modified: February 9th, 2010 by Sharon Couto
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  1. Oh Sharon, I am sobbing as I sit at my desk at work while reading this. I am glad no one is around. I feel you, my fellow grandma. She is beautiful and so thoughtful to take care of another player like that. I look forward to the day I can sit and watch my grand-child play in a sport, if they choose to do so. We do cherish our grandchildren, don’t we? To think that this week, I could be holding my new little grand-daughter, Ivy. Makes life worth living!

  2. This is so true with sports (I’ve seen quite a bit of character while watching hubby’s softball games!!) And in response to my Mom’s comment above… hubby just said he plans to put Noah & Carter on a baseball team next year. I just know Mimi will be at every game!


  3. Thanks for posting this! It was such a simple gesture, but spoke volumes. THANKS for appreciating every inch of her! I showed her when she got home from school and although I had to explain what “character” meant, she loved seeing the photos and the wonderful words you had for her!
    Love, Nik

“Character” revealed on the soccer field… was last modified: February 9th, 2010 by Sharon Couto