Last week Monkey had his School Sports Day. He’s in the Nursery Class, so they had the first time slot of the day. Monkey takes after his father, not particularly sporty. Zero interest in football. I was filled with a slight sense of doom first thing that morning – Mummy, I am too big to go on a Space Hopper, Mummy I don’t like Bean Bags, Mummy I might do some running.
Ok, I said. Look, the important thing about a School Sports Day, is taking part, winning really doesn’t matter, just try to join in. I could tell it was going on deaf ears. To be totally honest, with 26 sets of parents looking on, I really had no expectations of Monkey doing anything. But I kept my fingers crossed.
All started well, Monkey was sat with his Green team, which included his best friend G. Hopefully he’d join in the fun of School Sports Day. He waved over to Daddy P and I, we kept our fingers crossed.
First up for Team Green was the obstacle course. This was quite a big thing for Monkey, he’s not the best at climbing frames and tunnels. He wouldn’t do all of the course, but he tried some it, and went round a couple of times. He’d had a go, we couldn’t ask more than that.
Next up was the running race. We were hopeful, Monkey seemed to be warming to the idea of School Sports Day.
On your marks, get set, go!
He was off and running next to his best friend. He loved it so much he kept going, rather than turning round and running back. I think he thought he was being told off, rather than encouraged to turnaround. He ran back to the end of the course, but that was it. Monkey had had enough of School Sports Day.
When it was his turn to run again he refused, the Key Worker asked if I’d see if I could persuade him. He was adamant. NO! Ok, I could run with you? NO, Ok, shall I run for you? YES. So there was I, running against a row of 4 year olds. I couldn’t win. Monkey cheered me on, but he was having none of it.
As the Green Team went from activity to activity Daddy P and I both tried to persuade Monkey to join in. No Mummy, I’m just watching. Ok, you just watch then.
Maybe next year will be different, but Monkey really wasn’t that fussed on this year’s School Sports Day!