Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Jennifer and Sports

Jennifer in Foster City, CA (rec league)

If the dates are correct in her diary--Jennifer didn't write again until April. Her entries are sporadic at the age of 8 and 9. They really pick up around age 10. It won't be long until we're there and you will read more from her and less from me. At this age, she wrote so little, I've had to do quite a bit of research to fill in the gaps.

April 17, 1979

Dear Diary,

"We won our first soccer game. The score was 9-0."

Jennifer was playing soccer in Colorado at the time of these entries. I found a photo of her in California. Check out the short shorts and the knee pads!! You just can't improve on the past (and why did they require knee pads--oh yeah--rec league :)

April 21, 1979

Dear Diary,

"Today I got out my old-fashioned dolls and played with them. I won my soccer game. The score was 7-2."

I guess in Colorado, soccer was a spring sport (or her dates are wrong. My daughter is 8 and only knows the correct month when its time for her birthday). Jennifer was not very good at soccer. She liked to play defense. She was always on a good team and that left defense with a lot of time to chat--which is what she did. She liked to talk with her best friend and fuss with her knee pads--she remembers that. She didn't exactly throw herself in front of aggressive forwards--why bother? A few goals never hurt her team!

Of course, Jennifer skied. That's been established. She rode horses. She played soccer and she did gymnastics.

Jennifer at gymnastic camp in Big Sur, California

Do not let this photo fool you! Jennifer assures me she was a better soccer player than a gymnast...

Jennifer's best sport was track. She was running the mile in under six minutes consistently as a ninth grade girl--that was fast back then--maybe it still is. Having zero body fat and no boobs was bad for a boy crazy girl--but good for the track team!

Jennifer lacked confidence. That was her problem with sports and with her life (as you will see...)

Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister of England
Median U.S. household income is $16,461
Album of the year is Saturday Night Fever

1 comment:

  1. I am loving reading this Jen. And I love the pictures. The gymnastics one is amazing. Who did that? And by the way, it looks like you missed your calling....Keep those entries coming.


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