It’s fall sports sign-up time. Our checking account cries out in pain.
How do you decide what to sign your child up to play? I think sports may be out for the boys after some thought last night. It’s something they like to play at home but they’re not really into it. It’s not their first love, if you will. Henry would prefer Jr. First Lego League, but he missed the camp he could have greatly benefitted from because I was in the hospital (he went the year before though!). Poor thing. I was afraid Dave was going to buy him the Mindstorm Robotic Lego set to make up for it and at almost $400, I thought that was a bit much, especially since summer is birthday season. And THAT is an egregious amount for birthday season. Or Christmas. Or both combined.
Rhys wants to take guitar lessons at what will be Henry’s elementary school which are very reasonably priced along with guitar rental, and “when we move” (a nebulous, meaningless term at this point) we’re going to get a piano. He will probably take piano lessons at that point too.
Sarah. Sarah. I guess you will take dance unless someone offers kickboxing princess lessons. She’d probably beg me to do pageants if she knew they existed and there was no requirement that hair had to be brushed, let alone styled. I can’t be a pageant mom. No, that is a bold-faced lie. I could be a pageant mom. I am great with make-up and I love dresses. I just hate the rest of it. I’d have to get her a coach. But she would not be caught dead or alive wearing any of those flipper things or that other device I’m not even going to mention and hope they don’t force on little girls. I have seen TO. MUCH. BRAVO. Or maybe it’s TLC? Sad when you can get The Learning Channel’s programming mixed up with what could be renamed “Smut TV.” What’s happened to cable? Note to self, cancel that garbage today, we never watch it. We watch the Roku (I still wish we had an Apple TV instead, they would have been the same price).
All this ruminating over what to sign the kids up for started because I got a letter from our community sports league and I went to sign the kids up. Much to my dismay/relief, they aren’t offering U5 soccer. Sarah is SO. FREAKISHLY. GOOD at ball control and would have been an excellent soccer player, way better than Henry at that age, and he was very good if I can toot my kid’s horn for a sec. He didn’t get it from me! I may check and see when Kicking for the Cross is taking sign-ups and hope I haven’t missed it. I added the “relief” part because it’s $80 a player. For…
- a jersey
- playing on a public field that’s maintained by tax dollars
- an inexpensive trophy at the end of the season
- 3 or 4 practices
- 8 games
- a volunteer coach who does a lot of work (just ask my ex-coach husband)
- work done by higher-ups who may or may not be paid (I can find this out as I know the head of the organization)
What the DOODLE am I paying $80 for?! That jersey is NOT cashmere! I’m already maintaining the field with my tax dollars. We play on public fields and at my son’s elementary school. They’re *really* nice fields. You know what we’re paying for, right? The older kids to go to All-Star Games and tournaments. We are subsidizing their trips. Uh-uh. No. Sorry. That is why you have a FUNDRAISER. Have you heard of Thirty-One? :D It’s not fair to ask the parent of a 5-year-old to pony up for the expenses of a 14- or 15-year-old. So our choice is to either do this, or not join the league. So we won’t, and I won’t kvetch. But they’re still welcome to approach me for fundraising opportunities, maybe it would help even out the cost over time and the younger ones could end up paying for just a jersey and a trophy so families with three kids or even TWO kids could afford to participate. The thought of spending $240 in a few years just to play soccer makes me a little queasy. That is a lot of money just for an extracurricular activity. We could get some friends together and form our own league for free, say, from church or CC. Hey!