LittleBear has his future as a professional footballer all planned out. That's as a part-time professional footballer, obviously. The rest of the time he'll be busy being a physicist. However, his footballing plan involves being scouted for LocalTown, then moving on to BiggerClub, before finally stepping up into the Premiership. Simple isn't it? You can imagine, perhaps, my anxiety when one of LittleBear's team-mates got scouted not simply for LocalTown, but actually for BiggerClub. It took me a few days to decide how and when to break this news to him. I feared a crumbling meltdown as he wept at not being scouted. Instead the conversation went something like this...
Me: I've got some awesome news. Guess what? TeamMate has been scouted by BiggerClub, and he's going to start training with them.
LittleBear: That's really good for TeamMate!
Me: I wonder if he'll learn lots of good stuff that will help him in our team?
LittleBear: He probably will. I think he'll be even more solid in defence. And then we'll score more goals.
Me: Why will you score more if TeamMate is better in defence?
LittleBear: Because if I'm confident that we've got a strong defence, I'll score more goals, as I play better when I'm confident.
How can I not swell with love and pride at that attitude to his friend's success?
Meanwhile, LittleBear has also received his school report today. Obviously it's nauseating in its praise for my little angel, especially the bits about needing to be reminded to listen when with certain children. However, I am going to spend the weekend reading, and re-reading these lines, and reminding myself that I have the best and loveliest little boy in the whole world, and that no matter what stresses and strains the world throws at me, I adore him beyond all imagining.
"LittleBear is an incredibly motivated learner who has a thirst for knowledge..."
"It is always a pleasure to have a conversation with LittleBear..."
"It is always lovely to hear about LittleBear's regular trips to different bookshops!"
"We have loved teaching LittleBear and are proud of all he has achieved..."