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The Heart of a Lion
Nearly ten years ago I had my second son......a beautiful boy who was no trouble from the day he was born. He eat and slept perfectly from day one........when I say he was an angel he really was. He never complained, never had a tantrum and always went to bed without a murmur and he still does. So much so that having a second child was a breeze. This lead me into a false sense of security and number three son came along not long after. Having number three son was a whole different ball game....but that's another story.
Back to Jack. Jack (my smallest) who at home in the comfort of people he knows is my loudest. Outside he is my quietest. Never one to draw attention to himself. Never one to put his hand up in class. Never one who wants to be the limelight.........in any shape or form.
There is one word though that we always use to describe Jack and that's Brave. I have been thanked before by a parent because Jack jumped in the middle and broke up a fight on the school playground. Jack is always the first to try something new..............and the first to answer the telephone or front door, the first to come to the table for dinner when called, the first to help me out, the first to get up in the morning, the first to get washed and dressed......
........I digress...........i'm really not one to write stories!!........
I mentioned Brave for a reason and that reason is his passion for playing Rugby. Some might consider this a rough game and before all three of mine started to play a few years back I thought exactly the same. Don't get me wrong it's not without is dangers and there have been many an ambulance on the pitch (usually for the older boys) but it is a game that they have all embarrassed and a game I absolutely love watching them play (....it also has it's perks like meeting the England Captain a few weeks back!).
Last weekend was the end of season presentation and bearing in mind Jack doesn't like being in the limelight he wasn't looking forward to receiving his end of season medal.
So there we all are, in a packed out clubhouse listening to Jack's coach say a little about each player as they got up to receive their medals. Then they presented the trophy for Coaches Player of the Year. We listened, the coach started by saying that this trophy was for a player who has.......
"The Heart of a Lion"
My heart started to beat that little bit faster........I knew he had to be referring to Jack. As the coach looked at Jack and called out his name Jack jumped up so quick to receive his award (the quicker he got up the quicker he could sit back down and they would move on! I know him too well).
I have to say I am one of those terrible mums who embarrasses their children by cheering and whooing. I was so so pleased for him. All his hard work had paid off and he had been recongised. What a star. We (me, his dad and brothers) couldn't stop hugging and praising him.....eventually he said " stop it now"...bless!
To receive this award at all is such an honor, for Jack this is the second year running he has received the coaches player of the year award.
My little quiet man.............such a star......love him to bits!!
Jack and his coach.