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April 2, 2007, Herald Journal

Comedian in the net

By JEN BAKKEN

There are many sports available to children, but not all children have the attention span, necessary skills, or the ability to grasp the rules needed to play organized sports.

I believe that not every child has to play a sport, but they should try new things and definitely be involved in some type of sport or activity. Sometimes it takes trying something new to find out what a child excels at, or at least enjoys.

My oldest son, for instance, enjoys sports, so his activity choices came easy. My other son, however, could be considered the complete opposite.

We tried wrestling, but he was too worried about being hurt, hurting someone else, and didn’t understand why his opponent would hold him down.

He complained, “I asked him nicely to let me get up and he wouldn’t let me, he was mean.”

Due to hurt feelings, he chose to end his wrestling career and return his singlet.

Next, we tried soccer. The first time he had the ball, he was so focused on kicking it, he forgot there were boundaries to the field and it ended up in the neighborhood next to the school.

The coach thought it may help him to be the goalie. Maybe the net would help him stay alert and know his boundaries.

I’ll never forget, there I was with all the other parents standing on the sidelines, behind the net. My son, never shying from a crowd, decided it was more fun to turn around, face the fans and put on a show.

He proceeded to put on a comedy routine full of knock-knock jokes that he obviously made up as he went along. Of course, the fact that these were preschool age children, made this ever-so-cute and the other parents couldn’t help but giggle.

My son, the goalie, had no idea where the ball was or even the other soccer players. It was more than apparent that this wasn’t the activity for him either.

My little guy has been asking me to “find a commercial” for him to star in since the age of three. When asked what he wants to be, the answer has always been, simply, “I want to be on stage.”

He’s taken some acting classes, been in a couple plays, and it seems a good fit. He still feels he should be in a sport, since so many of his friends are, but I tell him, “sports aren’t for everyone and that’s okay, as long as you find an activity or hobby you enjoy.”

If anyone out there knows of a sport for a very nice boy who can be a comedian in the net, or anywhere, let me know.

Do you have a ‘tiny tale’ to share?

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community, and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher or anyone with a child in your life . . . there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

Here in Delano we are proud of our community, our schools and our children . . . why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

It may be cute or funny things a child has said or done. Any of those endearing moments you love to share with others, and people, like me, enjoy reading. You don’t have to include full names, only the information you are comfortable with. You can tell the story in whatever way is easiest for you, over the phone, email, send it in the mail, or just stop by our Delano office.

What did the little tigers in your life do over spring break? Do you have any stories you like to tell about things children have said or done? I’d love to hear your stories and put them in the newspaper. Or I’ll be forced to keep writing my own stories. Trust me, with my children, I’m pretty sure I’ll always have a story to tell!

You can e-mail your tiny tales to; jbakken@hjpub.com, fax them to 763-972-1029 or mail them to Tiny Tales, 430 Hwy 12 E. Suite 4, PO Box 498, Delano, MN 55328.