Cheering Gets Awkward at 0 - 49
Like many parents, a focal point of my Friday night is high school football. My kid is really good. I scream and cheer until I lose my voice and I'm so proud of him, win or lose. Lately, it feels like we have been losing more than we win.
I never assumed his team would win every game. Losing is a part of life and it's good to learn from it. But even this proud mom admits, there is a point when cheering gets awkward. During a recent ass whipping, the final score was 49-0. The stands full of hundreds of people were silent as the fourth quarter wound down. I decided to just keep cheering. Even when people were staring at me. Even though there was no hope.
We have had a few car rides home where the last thing any one wants to do is talk about the game. I can see how it really affects my son to have failed. I've given every pep talk I can come up with, but I'm no Bob Stoops or Les Miles, so it just gets weird and I play trap music the rest of the way home to lighten the mood.
It's so weird as a parent to have few words to comfort your kid. It certainly doesn't help that another spanking is foreseeable next week and the week after and maybe even homecoming night. I'm not trashing my kid's program. It's full of great players, good coaches, and lots of bravery. Still, it doesn't mean our school will be bringing home the “W.” So, I just keep awkwardly cheering loudly as if we are national champs and my kid is the MVP. I guess I'm just one of those moms.