Back to it – Sat 21st Nov 2015

By | November 21, 2015


Yesterday’s day off definitely seems to have helped T, both physically and emotionally.  A chance for him to take his foot off the busy routine of school and get himself better, shake off those anxieties and his bug.

He headed off to football this morning in that bitterly cold wind, moving on from it as he does, which is positive.  Sometimes niggles can stay with him a while, he’ll remember football decisions or remarks made by a teacher for far longer than he should, let them fester and then protest about them, long after they should have been dismissed.

The “Beautiful Game” is very important to him, always has been.  The picture at the top of this post is T at aged two, he’d be out in the garden scoring goals into the net in all weathers, I think he was just about to take a shot there, working out his angles etc.

His team won today 2:1, I had wanted to go and watch but, after giving D the choice of watching T’s team or having a snuggly onesie day in the warm, she sensibly chose the latter! 

Hopefully T will move on and put his tears of yesterday behind him.  

I don’t like making comparisons between the two schools but the easier-going way of doing things at D’s SN school is far removed from T’s secondary with its 1400 pupils, the bells that go off signalling a change of lesson and that busy, busy playground at break and lunch.

He’s done so well to fit in, to conform, to mask any emotions during the day so far, it’s inevitable that it will slip sometimes.  Nothing changes the fact we are mega proud of him, our football-loving, always questioning, always absorbing facts and stats T.

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Robert Nielsen on 21st November 2015 at 9:05 pm.


The way T absorbs facts and stats on ‘soccer’ (what we in America call your football) reminds me of how I absorb facts and stats of American football, either of the college variety, or of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. (I believe the NFL plays at least one game in Europe every year, usually at Wembley Stadium).


Jeannette on 22nd November 2015 at 10:33 am.

Thanks for the comment Robert,
T’s memory always amazes me, it’s incredible the way he can remember stats and facts. I’m hoping this will be a bonus when it comes to exams.
He’s got into NFL in a big way this year so has added the teams to his memory bank.
I didn’t realise NFL had a game in Europe every year, I’ll have to look out for details for him.


Robert Nielsen on 22nd November 2015 at 7:29 pm.

Here’s a Wikipedia link to the NFL International Series article:

No word yet on who will play at Wembley next year, but there are hints that there may be more games played across ‘the pond.’


Jeannette on 22nd November 2015 at 10:24 pm.

Thanks Robert, he’ll find that very interesting 🙂


Robert Nielsen on 23rd November 2015 at 5:48 pm.

Glad I could help! 🙂

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