This week our eldest was attending a three day volleyball camp. It appears that this may be a new interest for her. The first night of camp she comes home with a bag, a new t-shirt and a volleyball. Mind you, this is not like any volleyball. This has school colors, the logo of the school, lots of customized stuff...pretty impressive to me the parental unit.
We discuss the first day of camp, the drills, and go through the experience. K is having a great time sharing her day and enjoying that at that time of the evening it was all about her.
The volleyball is tossed to the other family in the room to do the family version of show and tell. There are also the little things that get added to any family event, the poking, messing with each other, laughter, IPOD music, gameboys, a reader of a book or magazine, the cat. Hopefully, you get the picture with six people in a 10 foot by 16 foot space. Family time.
Princess Dabba is working on her numbers and letters. So, she will be all the fingers on one hand olde, very soon. (this is becoming a more frequent topic of discussion as the date gets closer!) This is humorous to someone that it takes all the fingers and toes of at least two plus people to determine my age. So the volleyball is getting passed from one person to the next with a count, 1, 2,3.....
It was amazing to watch the creation process in motion. The IPOD was put down so the ball was tossed to another member of the family in the room. The magazine was lowered and hands extended to be another number. Even dad, put down his laptop to have a catch and throw. Game on..5,6, 7
Princess announces that we are playing Hand Soccer! Game invented, 8.
As the ball is passed the number of the pass is counted, outloud by the person working on their number. Oh! Sneaking in educationaly...9..10. Once the ball is successfully caught the count increases. Again, doesn't sound like a big deal, but this is being played in the house. There are six people moving this volleyball around the room in a huge circle within feet of and sometimes inches of breakables. There are also kids and parental units playing.
The speed of the ball picks up from one to another. The stance or sit, position, of the players begin to change. The order of the players moves some to move people away from the really breakable stuff. Then the creativity of the throw and catch starts.
Remember, if the ball drops the count starts over. There is also some feedback to the thrower and/or catcher, dropper, should things not go well or said throw or catch gets to close to valuable items. There is also recognition for speed, creativity of throw, and catch.
We have a new game. Hand Soccer named by our youngest player.
This event has been played every night in the living room, I mean, game area, since Tuesday with increased speed, and catch. Our current record is 100 times to all of us without a drop. We have reached the milestone twice.
We did have one forced discontinuation of play when the dozing parental unit, Me, was suddenly awaken by the sound of a loud crash, and the ceiling fan banging. Game over for the night.
Friday night was an off night due to social events, dinner, and people just being worn out. But you can bet sometime today,or this evening, there will be a Hand Soccer event in an area close to breakables.
We will have to look up in the Guinness Book of World Records the record for straight catches without a broken item or injured person for Hand Soccer. My mother would be so proud.
Note: We believe the breakables are key to heighten the sense of attention. This helps to keep me focused. Outside it just falls to the ground. In the house, you never know what you are going to get. (Sorry Forrest) So far only a minor ceiling fan bump and a couple of table pictures moved slightly. There was one rug burn...but that should heal nicely.
Team sponsorships, marketing deals, agents, video games to follow!