Bri is playing soccer again this fall. She is doing great as far as I’m concerned. It’s interesting because if your kid is a late walker, many people will say “she’ll catch up” or “they all end up in the same place in the end” or something like that. That really hasn’t been the case with Bri, and I doubt it’s typically the case. We have to work much harder on gross motor skills. She is a great swimmer and learned to ride her bike at the normal time, and a slightly below average soccer player (for her age) but we worked very hard with her to achieve all of these things.
She had a wonderful coach last season, but I haven’t been loving her coach this season. First of all, though, I really do appreciate that the woman stepped up. The team had no coach, and she volunteered. The issue, however, is that it’s clear she didn’t really have time to do it, and her heart isn’t fully in it. There is also an assistant coach who, as far as I can tell, watches practice and the games and nothing more. When the main coach can’t make it to games, which is about 50% of the time, a random parent, who I really dislike, takes over. Last game, he played Bri less than half the games while other kids played almost the entire game, obviously a reflection of his view of her skill level. Come on – the kids are 7 years old!
(I would love to coach, actually. Maybe next year when it wouldn’t be such a burden to leave S with H.)
But this is not the point of this blog entry. The season has about six games and six practices. Mostly, they make teams from elementary schools. Since Bri attends private school, she was put on the team from West Bellevue. West Bellevue is where Bezos and Gates live. Obviously, there are some more modest homes there, too, but it is a VERY affluent area. It has been interesting driving up there to practice. She practices at the local middle school, which has facilities that my high school, which itself was the most affluent high school in Roa.noke, could only have dreamed of. Multiple soccer fields, some natural, some astroturf. An 8-lane polyurethane track. Even the ELEMENTARY school that we had one practice at has facilities nicer than most high schools. It is interesting to see. We have wanted to move to Bellevue for schools, which is a stretch, but this particular micro-area has never been in the cards, but honestly, I’m not sure I’d want to live there. The snobbery is real.
My kids obviously go to a private school, and there is plenty of wealth there. But a huge percent of the kids’ educations are either being subsidized by the French government or fully funded by the companies that sent them overseas from France. This applies to Isla’s best friend for example. One of the reasons we like the school is that the tuition is roughly half the tuition at the more expensive schools in our area.
Anyway, they are doing gifts for the soccer coaches and the team mom asked for a contribution of $50 per player. This kind of blew my mind, given the limited number of times we’ve even seen the coach.