It does not compute that I am back in a school gym.
All those years of forced comradery. Forced athleticism.
I was no kind of gym junkie. Jock. Cheerleader.
Get me out of here, was top of my playlist.
The smell as you enter so reluctantly, brings it all back.
Gym sweat, gym gear, peer crushing, humiliation, bullying.
Not for me memories of past triumphs. Game night. Winners!
For me it is the little guy, the loser, the nerd.
Now as a parent, I find myself here with forced smile and bonhomie.
Supporting a child who also does not fit. Who does not want to be here.
I feel huge guilt and pressure. As a parent, I need to encourage team spirit. Love of the game.
As a person, I hate it all. I need to take my son’s hand and walk away. From the expectation.
What’s wrong with loving your own company, reading, gaming, talking long walks in the country.
In the name of ‘team’ we ask for ‘sheep’ ‘same’ ‘blend’ ‘belong’ – internally, I cry ‘ONE’ ‘ME’ ‘ALONE’.
How much of this do I reflect back onto my child. How much of it is his own identity?
I don’t know, but I don’t think I assume and turn that pressure onto him.
I think he’s his own person – and I encourage that.
Then I get the summons. Game night. Assembly. Presentation night.
And numbly we enter, dragging our feet, heads down, breath held.
And into the dark past we trudge.
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