|This year vs. last year. Look at the change in his confidence!|
One thing that continues to amaze me about kids is what a difference a year makes. Jonas just finished his second year of pee wee tennis lessons at Leeper Park. Last year, it took him 3 of the 6 lessons to work up the nerve to utter a word and halfway participate in the games the coach had planned. Matt and I spent the first lesson coaxing him from the sidelines (and even on the court) to participate. Thankfully one of the instructors took him on as her special project and thanks to her one-on-one attention, he began to loosen up a bit. By the end, he had warmed up to the point where we didn’t think we had completely wasted our $35.
He has matured a lot since last year, so we assumed this time around would be different. But, being a natural introvert, we didn’t know what to expect. Thankfully he had no problems getting involved. He played the games and even spoke to the coach on his first day! Duck-duck-goose no longer looked like a form of torture. He actually smiled and giggled as he ran around the circle of other little tennis players.
As much as I secretly (and even publicly) hope he will be a stellar tennis player some day, these lessons were about more than forehands, backhands and serves. As he proudly exited the court today with his completion certificate in hand, I realized how much has changed in a year. Slowly but surely, my shy little boy is turning into a more mature, confident kid. We definitely got our money’s worth this year.