It’s time for True Story Tuesday, where confession may be good for the soul but not for the reputation. And this week, I’m telling on my boy (and putting it on my WordPress blog instead of blogger for a reason; my blogger blog links to Facebook, and I DON’T want this going out to everyone that knows him!). First things first; I’ve decided to stop using the Bughunter moniker and just call my boy by his real name. He’s nearly 10, and his bughunting days are far fewer now. So, I’m going to let him “grow up” a little here and call him Adam; I hope it isn’t too confusing!
In my last post, I congratulated Adam on winning a medal at his latest wrestling tournament; it really was a big moment for him. But, I didn’t tell the “rest of the story”, which actually made me prouder of him but could cause a lot of grief from his friends if they know. Before the tournament started, the coach came up to me and told me that Adam would be wrestling a … GIRL… in his first match. I had already pulled his matrix and saw the name “Sabra”, so I had a suspicion; still, I felt pretty queasy. The coach had actually ref’d a couple of her matches at another tournament, and he said she was really tough. I debated on telling Adam and decided that he’d better know what he was facing. He was pretty horrified, and I was pretty torn. I’ve spent the last 8 years trying to train my boy to be nice to girls, and now he has to fight one? How does he do that? Finally, his dad and I told him that, since she chose to wrestle, she chose to be “one of the guys” and therefore should be treated in exactly that manner. Still, I think it freaked him out to shake hands with a girl and then try to muscle her to the mat. And she WAS really strong and had obviously wrestled in a LOT more tournaments than Adam. She beat him on points (but thank you God, she did NOT pin him!). Beat by a girl; I really thought that he’d be finished for the tournament. Honestly, I wouldn’t have been surprised to hear him say that he wanted to leave. But no, I think it lit a fire under him. The boy he wrestled in the second match was definitely more experienced, yet he was able to nearly pin him. And in the third match, he dominated and won; first time to win a match and first pin. So, I guess in the end it was GOOD that he wrestled the girl, but I’m finding that I can’t even bear to tell my friends that she beat him! Question to those of you who have girls; would you encourage them to participate in a full-body contact sport like wrestling, especially co-ed? I just can’t imagine WANTING my girl to have her hands all over a boy and vice-versa; I don’t care if they are just 10. And what about as they get older? What do YOU think?
For more True Stories (oh, Rachel… you SO busted yourself this time!), head over to Rachel’s and Mr. Daddy’s spot at Once Upon a Miracle. And do me a favor.. if you ever meet Adam… PLEASE don’t tell him that I told you about the girl…..