20 posted for a Saturday afternoon game day at the Children’s attention home. The boys were already playing basketball before we got started, but they still had some energy to burn. So, we did a slow mosey/walk to the field up the street from CAH and got to it. Here is what we did:
SSH x 20, merkin x 10, windmill x 10, squat x 10, mountain climber x 10
We split the group up and played a friendly, but competitive game of kickball. There were some good plays, some not-so-good plays, but we all had a lot of fun on a beautiful, late afternoon spring day. I think the score was 8-7, but it wasn’t important who won the game. The time we spent together, getting to know each other better and learning from each other, was what it was about.
Welcome FNG/Trek Star who is a friend of Man of Steel (my son), and also, who we found out today, a neighbor of NASA’s. He said that he enjoyed himself today and wants to come again. I was very happy to hear that and hope that he can join us any time we come to CAH.
I told the boys about a news story I saw this week about a high school boy named Gerald Hodges who swam for his high school swim team in Texas. It’s an amazing story about a young athlete, who could have easily played for just about any sport team at his school. But instead, chose to join the school swim team. Gerald could barely swim, but decided to join the swim team because he wanted to learn how to handle failure if it happened (it didn’t). Being able to handle failures and learn from them, Gerald thought, would make him successful. This to me, was an incredibly mature thing for an 18 year old to do, and was a powerful message for anyone. The link to this story is below.
My thanks to NASA for the invitation to Q. I have been absent from the CAH for too long and plan on getting there more regularly this year.