Why Cross Country is the Best Sport Ever
If you have read this blog for any amount of time you are probably aware that no one is going to confuse me for a sports fan. I have a simple policy. I don’t watch, I don’t play. Except for baseball. I actually kind of enjoy that.
Since my kids homeschooled up until 2012 they didn’t play sports either. When my kids were younger they literally never asked to play sports, take dance lessons, or art classes.
I’m not sure why but it sure made life simple. Now, I don’t want you to think this means they were Unsocialized Awkward Homeschoolers. No way! I have proof that they were perfectly normal and social.
There was, of course, the time they started the Chicken Foot Club. We were butchering chickens and turkeys with friends and the children found a wonderful, wholesome (organic!) way to entertain themselves. Science and fun, all wrapped up in one day of socializing with friends.
It was pretty awesome.
And see, Judah and Enoch loved posing for photos in baseball caps, football jerseys from Old Navy and (Canadian) soccer balls.
Now that the kids are in school they occasionally ask to participate in sports. Jubilee was in Track and Field last year and Hezekiah is running Cross Country this year.
These photos were taken at a Saturday morning meet a few weeks ago. It was this day that I realized that cross country is actually the Best Sport Ever.
Let me tell you why.
At this particular race, I dropped Hezekiah off with his team, set up a camp chair and read a book. This race took place at a wooded campground. We couldn’t even see the starting line of the race. Jubilee and I sat and read books until we saw guys emerge from the woods. Then I got up, walked to the finish line, and snapped a few pictures.
No need to watch a sport for hours worrying that I will miss a play. No need to memorize complicated (or simple) sports rules. I simply drop him off and cheer him at the finish line.
No need to freeze on Friday nights, fighting a crowd to watch a football game.
No early mornings and long days spent on crowded soccer fields.
For this non-sporty mom, it is perfect!
I get full points for participation all while getting to read for an hour.
The other reason cross country is the best sport ever?
The races are run one afternoon a week. They take about an hour and we are home in time for dinner.
I only had to supply running shoes and black shorts, no expensive sports equipment.
My child can practice at home, alone.
So yes, Cross Country is the Best Sport Ever.
You should make sure your child plays.