21 September 2011 Filed In: corner view, Uncategorized

Did I ever tell you about the time that we took Liev to soccer class when he was two?  Since his big sis had been taking classes at the same soccer school for a couple of years already and since he had come along with me to watch her, we figured that Liev would just fall right in, no problems.

Sean took him to his first class one cold Saturday in January.  Mira and I met them afterward, and Sean looked half amused, half forlorn.

“What happened?” I asked.

“Oh, well, Liev wanted to be a dog the whole time.  He didn’t want to do any of the drills.”

Already, I had to laugh.  And so it went for the next couple of classes: Liev, the dog, sniffing around the bleachers and barking at the other children.

Finally, I asked Sean if Mira and I could come and try to help.  He agreed.  The other dads, whose kids were, of course, complying very nicely and doing everything Coach asked, were looking at Sean with a bit of incredulity.  He was getting a complex, I think.

We showed up, and immediately Liev is down on the floor nipping at our feet, ruffing, panting, and doing, if I may say, a most excellent dog impression.

With everyone’s help, we got to work.

“Liev, here, boy!  Doggie, let’s go play some soccer.”

Mira did the entire class with Liev, and Liev did the entire class, drills and all, as a puppy, down on all fours with his hands curled into his now-famous puppy paw.

I couldn’t stop laughing.  Every time I looked at the dads on the bleachers looking at us all like we were out of our tree, another eruption of giggles began.  Sean started laughing, too.  Mira was definitely laughing- while she was serious as can be about her own soccer class, she was having a lot of fun playing dog owner and teaching her puppy how to dribble.

One person who was NOT laughing?  The coach.  He told us in an irritated tone that Mira could not come back to the class and that Liev needed to listen to him.  Clearly, he was not a dog person!

Liev amazed me with his dramatic skills, his attention to detail, his focus, and his wildly creative mind.  Personally?  I thought that coach was rather silly.

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  1. Joyce
    21/09/2011 at 9:24 am Permalink

    You or I mean Liev have me cracking up! My one friend’s daughter when she was younger thought she was a kitten. BTW she out grew it. A note to the not so silly coach/parents. When Liev is a well known comedian “no free tickets”. :)

  2. Jeanne
    21/09/2011 at 9:28 am Permalink

    Silly coach, indeed! He needs some drills to learn to embrace Liev’s creative dog tendencies!

  3. woolf
    21/09/2011 at 10:30 am Permalink

    hear, hear!

  4. Heather
    21/09/2011 at 10:49 am Permalink

    Liev has the right idea – enjoy life and don’t take yourself too seriously. Sounds like the coach should not be working with children AND needs to develop a sense of humor!

  5. Dorte
    21/09/2011 at 11:52 am Permalink

    silly … no sense of humor at all that coach :)

  6. Sarvi
    21/09/2011 at 12:43 pm Permalink

    What an interesting, fun, original child — I love kids with a strong character!

  7. Kristin
    21/09/2011 at 2:32 pm Permalink

    Oh that’s a sweet story. :):) I like very much. And the coach is really stupid. Children are children – thankfully – and act accordingly to do what they want. Very good.

  8. Dana
    21/09/2011 at 3:17 pm Permalink

    I’ve been there . . . except I was the volunteer coach with the child (my child) who preferred to do a circus act in the field. it was a disaster. simply a disaster. i wish i could have stopped and enjoyed her silliness. in hindsight, she was simply fabulous. like liev. she was three.

    REally. How silly of ME! What was I thinking?

  9. tanïa
    21/09/2011 at 5:13 pm Permalink

    Can only shake my head about this silly reaction of the coach, humourless person. What fun would it have been if all the other children turned into animals, too, and played a whole zoo alltogether?! Haha!

  10. Elizabeth
    21/09/2011 at 7:15 pm Permalink

    Too bad the coach could not enjoy a little silly.

  11. Francesca
    22/09/2011 at 1:36 am Permalink

    personally I think he had the right reaction to soccer :)

  12. flowtops
    22/09/2011 at 8:14 am Permalink

    A childrens coach without humor? Weird.


  13. joanne
    22/09/2011 at 9:05 am Permalink

    Great story, and the accompanying picture!
    And a great portrait of a family who knows how to laugh together, the best way to be!!
    Smiles and cheers:))

  14. Ötli
    22/09/2011 at 10:40 am Permalink

    Silly AND cute 😉

  15. embracingitall
    23/09/2011 at 1:27 am Permalink

    I love it. He would get along with my girls. They are very good at being dogs. They both get around on all fours and can move at quite a speed and of course can make all the puppy sounds. What a shame the coach has no imagination. May Liev enjoy his ‘puppyhood’. It will be over all too soon. Jacinta x

  16. la ninja
    23/09/2011 at 7:59 am Permalink

    ha ha ha, fabulous liev. I would have loved to see him.

    then again, and not wanting to sound like a party popper, but coaching kids at the age of two? really? they’ll have enough time to be told what to do… again, that’s just me, being my own rebellious ninja self.