Things get tense in the Kilpatrick house when The Hobbit is signed up for sports.
First, he inherited absolutely no athletic ability from his mother. Second, his introverted nature is such that his natural inclination is to shy away from large groups of people, a tendency that does not bode well for sports like soccer and basketball. In the meantime, Ryan and I have to wrestle with Her Majesty who can't understand why the spotlight isn't on her. Today's refrain was, "I'm hungry. Why can't I have a snack?" No matter how many times I pointed out to her that only the athletes had snacks, she persisted in her need for a Capri Sun and some Cheeze-its.
So, while Ryan clutched the Flip and I wrestled with Her Majesty, Connor sat out the first part of the game. Then the second. Finally, as the opposing team put their first string back in, he got to enter the game. As the only guy among girls. Suffice to say, he didn't have a great first basketball practice/game. On the way home, a general discussion about his surly attitude led to a discussion of gratitude.
Me: You've got to start focusing on what you have instead of what you don't have.
The Hobbit: (with curled lip) What does that have to do with anything?
Me: [insert typical mother's rant here about children who don't have food, clothing or shelter much less enough toys for a small specialty shop] So, you can see you have a lot to be grateful for. There are a lot of children in this country who are going hungry tonight.
Her Majesty: Like me!
Me: (under my breath): Help me, Jesus.
Her Majesty: Oh, He will. I'll make Him help you!
And, thanks to the littlest one, the tension evaporated into laughter. Now all are fed and sassy, and I'm left to contemplate how Her Majesty got a direct line to the Big Guy.
Well, and to wonder what possessed me to sign the oldest child up for basketball.