They were hectic Saturdays, running from one soccer field to another and often from one city to another as the kids played travel soccer, did some refereeing, even coaching. Often grabbing a MacD on the run, or running in for Slurpees. Much of our parenting was done standing on the sidelines during some chilly, windy, and even rainy afternoons.
This past Saturday was no different. It was dejavu. Our grand nephew Oscar Luis, Claudia and Sandro's six year old goalie called us and asked if we would come to his game. Of course! He is playing with the Tahuichi training program and this is his first experience. He's very proud of being the goalie. So we laughed as we saw the socks up to the mid thigh, shorts down to the mid calves, and shirts down to the knees on the enthusiastic six-year-old teams out on the fields behind the Santa Cruz stadium. It was windy!!!!! Dust and dirt blowing in all directions, sweeping over the poorly seeded fields. It was hot! The dust stuck to our sweaty bodies like flies to honey forming a layer of grit. But we clapped and cheered for Oscar's team. They played two games and won them both! OF course, next was spending the night at our house and so we enjoyed the rest of the afternoon in the pool washing off the grit and then headed over to Ruben's house for a birthday celebration and topped the evening off with a Simpson movie Oscar had selected to watch.
Tonight we are taking Marcia and Myra to a mime concert that had been advertised in the newspaper. Should be fun. We miss our grandchildren in the States, but here we have opportunities to kick up our heels with the younger generation of Centellas.