When I was in high school, I played hockey. Well, not in a rink but in the cellar of one of my friend's houses. Just take my word for it when I say, we used to go at it. So with a gross motor room that blows away a basement, I had to bring some sort of makeshift hockey to our after school program.
Unfortunately, it took a while to figure out how to do this. But if you've been following the blog, you've seen Stephen and Mateo talking about our game and the way we use ping pong paddles anda plastic supermarket ball to double as sticks and a puck. That said, Stephen and John Mains are the stars and the fact that they both play real hockey gives them both the edge.
On the other hand, one Anna Laura, while lacking a hockey pedigree, proceeds across the blue surface without hesitation - even though the the boys surpass her in bulk, boisterousness and age. And Stephenis the to admit to her prowess. "She doesn't get intimidated," he says.
Among all the height and noise, Anna Laura slips quietly and fearlessly into the fray and lets her determination do all the talking. Being bested by the biggers or smallers never deters her either.
This all, of course, begs the question of where Anna Laura’s fire comes from. It’s very simple according to the six year old. “Because I play against my brothers,” she says, and while it seemed overwhelming at first to play against teenage brothers in different sports, experience told her all she needed to know. “I tried against them but I’m not scared.”
I’m just glad I never had to go up against her when I was a kid.
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