Soccer in the park

One of the best features of where I live is Lafayette Park, which is only steps away from my front door. It is a great place to go unwind after a long day at the work and it’s open space offers a great place to kick a soccer ball around. Tonight, my boyfriend and I did just that as an alternative to the gym.

We had just barely begun passing the ball around when some boys asked if they could join us. They had been hoping to play basketball in the park, but the court was being used. As we passed the ball back and forth, it was obvious some had never played. But man, did they put their hearts into it. At one point, my boyfriend did some fancy footwork to flick the ball behind him. Impressed oohs and aahs were heard and then my boyfriend showed the boys how to do it. It took a bit but they all tried and figured it out.

Before we knew it, it was time for us to come in (so I could finish my homework). Instead of leaving the boys high and dry, we left the soccer ball with them. They were just enjoying the game too much to take it away from them. We can replace a soccer ball but we can’t replace sharing our love of soccer with a younger generation. That is way more important.

2 Comments so far

  1. Atul (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 11:05 am

    That’s really nice of you two. As a soccer player of 26 years, it’s good to see young people take it up. I can’t wait for the World Cup to start, will stay up for all the USA games.

  2. Andrew (unregistered) on June 7th, 2006 @ 10:51 pm

    Nice post, MGAL. I just Googled “Detroit soccer” trying to discover good places in Detroit to watch the World Cup, and your post came up.

    I am a soccer player and Detroit resident and booster. Always interested in coming across pick-up games and other players in the city – there aren’t a lot.

    Can you see my e-mail address as the site admin?

    – Andrew K

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