Good day, good will, great moments
Our little school held the Goodwill Games last weekend… it marked the beginning of a pretty hectic time for us, but (as usual) provided a fabulous event for kids and adults alike.
The Goodwill Games are a sports day organised by our wonderful teachers and support staff (and our terrific P&C) which involves all local small schools and homeschooled children in a competitive (but fun) event.
Some old-fashioned traditions are espoused – one of which is the March Past, which I don’t think our school has been beaten at for many, many years.
It’s always a great excuse for our menfolk to take a rare day off and convene for Important Men’s Business. (Not sure what world issues are being sorted out here, but I have no doubt all enjoyed the chance to chat to someone other than a cow!).
Dash and Violet are not really athletes (well not on land anyway) – Dash has some great pace off the mark (like his namesake) but his stamina is not amazing and he struggles in the longer distances.
His ability to pace himself has come with a few years’ experience however, and he manages to keep going til that finish line (in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 metre races).
LOOK at the effort in that face… I think he might have held his breath the whole 100 metres of this race. He was purple by the finish line… I must remember to encourage breathing next time!
Violet has quite a competitive nature which is very frustrating when one’s legs won’t go quite as fast as they are willed… she too kept it up despite not being near the leaders (with quite a bit of encouragement from the sidelines!).
Both kids are actually not bad in the throwing events – and they do love their team sports. The ball games is always a lot of fun…
Throughout the day (much of which I spent either serving hungry competitors and cheer squads in the Canteen or being part of the Cheer Squad on the sidelines) the thing I was most proud of was the Goodwill. People volunteering and pitching in to help out and cheer on and encourage.
I adore that our kids get to catch up with their cousins here (who used to attend our little school and on whom we all dote).
Should I have had a CUTE warning on before that pic? Yeah, sorry about that. Another cousin who melts my heart. GO QUADE!
Moment of the day for me though?
Unscripted, unprompted… and with a muttered ‘Proud of you!‘ from a big brother to a delighted little sister. *sigh*
(I am so bookmarking this post for them when next they have a spat.)
This one WAS posed, but equally special in its own toothy way…
Goodwill. Nothing like it, is there?