Holding: (n) The restraining of another player who is not in possession of the ball.
Kindergarten roundup is next month and “holding” is what I am seriously considering doing to Luke. You see, he has a summer birthday and I could really go either way on this call. I’ve discussed the pros and cons at length with my husband, friends, parents, teachers, anyone who will listen and offer up an opinion.
Pros: He’ll be older, taller, more mature, and therefore more confident, right?
Cons: When the time finally does come, he’ll feel like he’s been thrown together with a bunch of babies. “This is my demographic, Mom?”
Pros: In time, sports. I know this isn’t an important reason for some people, but I’ve talked the sports question over with enough guys who will candidly whisper, “Ya, it is a big deal. Especially for a guy,” and I believe them.
Cons: Will he feel “held back?” Will he conclude that we didn’t think he was ready? Because the thing that makes me, to use a political term, waffle on this, is that he is so ready. So bright. So with-it. I know he’d do very well if he went this year.
So what do you think? I don’t think of it so much as “holding him back” as I do just “holding him.”
At least for one more year.