I'm taking my son Dylan to the US Open tomorrow. The only sport he's actually interested in is tennis, which does not totally surprise me as it's one of the few sports I watch on TV.
During his KG and I grades, we tried, albeit desultorily, to interest Dylan in sports. He liked the form of sports, but not the reality. Just like when he took karate lessons, he had the form (and continues to use it in his actions) but wasn't really that interested. His best friend from Kindergarten, along with many of the boys, turned into sports jocks during that year, leaving him to learn the pains of a break-up way before he should have had to.
I remember reading an excellent children's book, "The Man on the Ceiling," by Jules Feiffer, to Dylan almost three years ago; it's about a 10-year old who loves to draw cartoons (surprise, surprise) and do not much else, and laments "It's hard to grow up in [these United States of America] as a boy who doesn't like sports." Dylan's eyes lit up--I'm sure he related totally to this sentiment.
Thankfully, he's over the pain. And he does want to play tennis, which both surprises and pleases me. I never played a lot of sports myself in India...well, the occasional cricket in high school (I was often the last one to be picked,) and then tennis later on...but more casually than otherwise. As my father would've said, "it just isn't our [the Brahmin's] thing, is it?" (we should only be doing cerebral things, I supposed.) I certainly don't share that sentiment, but I don't push Dylan either. He'll learn to play some sport or he may not, it's up to him.
But - the US Open! In spite of the exorbitant price I paid for 2 grounds tickets (why is scalping tickets legal?) it should be fun. While my favorite gals, the Williams sisters are singly, and I suspect, not-too-forcefully represented by Serena. I loved her response to a reporter's question about what her immediate goal was - "I want to get back in the top 100", wonder how tongue-in-cheek that was. She did win her first round convincingly today-24 winners to her opponents 2, but her post-game commentary seemed so...casual. I look forward to possibly seeing her or Agassi's possible swan song. But just being near the whizzing balls for a while should be enough.