Today was our official kick-off for fall sports. Luke had a baseball game, and Zach had two soccer games. Tomorrow, each has one game.
Over the years, I've listened to them whine about practices or looked on as they gave the bare minimum at games, and I've realized that there's something I should take credit for passing on to my kids... The giving up gene. We get tired, we quit. We get hot, we quit. We get discouraged, we quit. We feel insecure, we quit. We just don't feel like it today, we quit.
But when a game is scheduled and a team is counting on us, quitting isn't an option.
So... Don't judge me for this, but I offered the boys a punch card incentive to give their all at games. If they run their fastest and try their hardest 80% of the season, they get a prize. If they run their fastest and try their hardest 100% of any given month, they get another prize.
We're not talking grand slams or game winning goals - just 100% of their heart, attention, and their best effort.
Luke is all over this. And negotiating a "medium Lego set". I'm pretty sure that the prize will not be that big. After all, this is not NCAA bribery ... but, at some point today, on the dawn of a new sports season, rewarding positive behavior just seemed like a good idea.
After thinking about it for a few minutes, Zach said, "Well... Can I start it in two days?"
At first I thought he was trying to get out of playing hard tomorrow (he's exhausted) ... but instead of jumping to conclusions, I asked why he wanted to wait.
"Because... I don't want to be like a bounty hunter. Or your employee. Before you give me a prize for doing what is already expected, I want to prove that I can do it for nothing."
Be still my heart. What an amazing young man.