Maggie Makes Four!

This journal started off documenting the adoption of our youngest daughter. It now follows the twist and turns of our lives as we raise these two amazing little creatures into the best women they can become.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

La Nina's Worst Nightmare

At the beginning of the soccer season, we cut some deals with the girls.  If you score a goal, you get ice cream.  If you get a hat trick, you get new shoes.  I know, most families probably don't bribe their children with shoes, but in this family, new shoes is the best motivator we have and we use it.  

Last weekend, the soccer and the Magster clicked.  It was like the Heaven's parted and suddenly she understood, get the ball, dribble the ball, put the ball in the net.  And she did it twice.  After her second goal, La Nina started changing the deals we'd made.  In her way of thinking, if her sister got three goals, logically, she got new shoes.  And while I was in the middle of the field, coaching, I could hear La Nina shouting new deals into me.  Needless to say, no deal.  

But, in fairness to her great defensive skills, we cut her a new deal.  If she touched the ball five times in a row, she got ice cream.  Fast forward to today's games.  La Nina played some great defense and brought the ball down the field, touching it five times and took a shot on goal.  It was really terrific.  She earned her ice cream.  Then we went to the Magster's game.  Oy vey, the team we played was younger and their coach was out of town.  My team scored in the first 40 seconds of the game.  The Magster had a hat trick (3 goals) by half.  She wasn't the only kid on the team with three goals, four of my kids scored.  It was a train wreck.  

But the funny part was La Nina.  She was lobbying for shoes from the minute her sister got her first goal.  By the third goal, La Nina was beside herself that the Magster was going to get shoes and she wasn't.  When we left the game, La Nina was in tears over her lack of shoes.  It was her worst nightmare.  We may have found something where the Magster excels and La Nina just doesn't know what to do about that.  


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