In sport as in life, take no hostages…

Posted on July 12, 2012

The boys have been caught up in the sporting frenzy engulfing the world. They are keenly awaiting the Olympics, endure the highlights of the Tour de France (faking interest in my enthusiastic descriptions of the psychological warfare of the peloton), and watched the Wimbledon stories on the news with great interest.

Mr5, in particular, is taken with tennis. To the point, where he insisted I download the ‘Stick Tennis’ app so that he could “practise”. No amount of explanation that swiping your finger on an iPhone screen is not the same as actually playing the game will convince him that he is not Roger Federer.

Despite his somewhat flimsy grasp of the rules.

“Mum, do they have hostages in tennis?” he asked earlier this week, busily swiping away at the screen.

“Hostages???” I spluttered, wondering if he’s been taking in a bit too much of the news.

“Yes, hostages,” he said, serene in his swiping.


“Like in soccer,” he continued.

I spluttered again, but this time with laughter. I knew he didn’t like his time on the sidelines as a substitute at soccer on Saturday morning, but I had no idea it was having this effect on him!

[image: from here]


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  1. Gorgeous_Claire

    You won’t get too bogged down choosing too many options. The screen choices take you straight to the action. The background sounds and effects during the game immerse you in the action.
    tennis screens

  2. Jelly Babies

    Very funny! Some of the stuff they come out with!

  3. Emily

    Hahaha! Gold!

  4. Mama of 2 boys

    Oh beautiful! How clever of him to liken the bench to a hostage situation. And you know what… to a kid it must seem exactly like that.
    Such a cute story xo

  5. Allison Rushby

    Well, I feel like a hostage every time I have to watch a soccer game. Does that count?

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