Now that’s what you call being painfully honest.
My co-coach has done 10X more work than I have: filling out paperwork (which is ridiculously long and complex) and hosting practices before school during the week. Last night as we talked final details, I think we were both hoping for 4th place. On Thursday they had “show off day” at school, which was basically a dry run for today’s skit portion of the challenge. I had to work, but my co-coach tells me they did well. Except that my son and her son kept running across the stage in search of some prop.
Normal 4th grade boy behavior, right?
Problem is there are other 4th grade teams who have been coached by a tiger mom. I’ve seen them on Monday nights: all serious, organized, working hard to solve problems while my team talked farts, butts and gave other point-eliminating answers.
I have to say, this time around, I’m glad I embraced Kristin’s philosophy to just be mediocre.
OTM is probably the most challenging and creative adventure my son has ever had in school. And while I dreaded the long hours–and was warned by other moms to run as fast as I could away from the role of coach–I do think the experience was valuable for the kids. Watching their little minds try to solve complex problems, seeing them figure out how to work as a team, hearing their wild, crazy and outrageous answers to questions like “What are some ways to use the word ‘can’?” (answer: Pecan) was quite entertaining. And at times, even rewarding.
Since I will never coach a sports team, and it’s unlikely you’ll find me at a Cub Scout meeting, I guess this is the closest I’ve come to watching a group of kids bond and grow together.
Fingers crossed they walk away with a ribbon and there are smiles at the end of the day. It’s all a mediocre coach can hope for.
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