With Maddie and Macaiden playing little league soccer we have really gotten into the World Cup this year. We are not 100% sure where Macaiden has received his soccer skills but it is amazing to watch him and see what he can do. We are super proud of Maddie to see her improvement and her confidence build as she learns a new sport as well!
Lets face it...we are a football family. We live and breathe for Gator football games. Saturdays stop when the games are on. We eat, drink, and watch football. Well...that is what we are doing for the World Cup! We are eating, finding new recipes, and enjoying a game about which we are all learning from.
It is amazing to me how there are all of these countries that come together to play the exact same sport and yet all speak different languages. The same rules apply. They play the same positions. They play with the same type of ball. They speak a different language.
Why is it that we have a world that is constantly at war but yet we can stop to play a game that brings joy to so many? Why is it that we can communicate through a sport but yet communicating to make peace is an impossible goal? Why is it that world peace cannot exist? Why is it so difficult for me to explain all of this to my kids?
When my children ask me what country I am going for... in a certain game....Justin and I look at each other, sometimes disagree, and then have to explain why we are cheering for certain teams.
It is still difficult for me to understand why in a world where we can all benefit from each other there has to be war. The World Cup is an amazing event. It is also a time where each country can come and wave it's flag, shine, and be proud of who or what they are....no matter what they have accomplished. They have made it to the World Cup!
I know many parents who can share this frustration. We are all trying to instill in our children right vs. wrong but are all doing it in our own way (or language). The cool thing is that we are all learning from each other. If only countries could learn from each other as well.
If only the world could see the World Cup and learn something from it. If only we could still speak different languages and get along. If only we could all have a sense of pride of our own country without fighting. It is a very difficult concept for me to accept and even harder to explain to my kids. In the long scheme of things....humans all share a love of sports. We all share a love of competition. We all share a love of pride for our country.
My Repurpose for Today : (this one is a little hard for me...) I need to try and explain to my kids that humans share a love for a lot of the same things....sports, food, acceptance, religion...and yet we are all different. It is not our job to judge but to love and share the same love.
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