My grandson Sam has an iPhone. If i remember correctly, he is close to the age we gave Sarah hers, although it was a long time before iPhones. i will not be a curmudgeon (for a moment) and make some dumbshit observation about walking to school in the snow without a cell phone when i was young. In fact, i think it’s a good thing he has one: it has a security aspect in that he can get in touch with his mother or father when he might be confronted with a problem. It also is giving him what has become an essential life skill, the capability to use a phone and electronics, the world of the cloud.
It also gives me the ability to communicate with him at any time. We have “Facetimed” together once, on which i commented here several weeks ago. i have been trying to figure out what i could do when and what i shouldn’t do when when Blythe, my daughter, Sam’s mother, clued me in — i take some substantial “clueing in” a lot according to Blythe, my other daughter Sarah, and Maureen.
So this afternoon, knowing Sam would be at soccer practice, i decided to text him to give him some encouragement about practice. It was then i realized i know no soccer terms except “GOOOAAALLL!!!” And man, i hate that almost as “Going, Going, Gone.”
My terms of encouragement back in my sports days were fairly simple:
Basketball: “Don’t double dribble”/”Keep your hands up” / “Use a bounce pass.”
Football: “Kick ’em long”/”Hit ’em hard”/”Watch his belly button; he can’t fake you out with that.”
Baseball: “Swing level”/”Use your body to block the ball”/Use both hands to catch a fly”
There seems to be little cross over. “Kick ’em long” seems about the only one which might apply to soccer. But is that a good thing?
What a pickle.