Holiday weekends were reserved for family events. And if you grew up in New Jersey, that meant going to the shore. I spent every holiday weekend in Ocean City, New Jersey with my family. Those weekends were so memorable.
Every morning, my dad would go out an buy raisin sticky buns from Dot's Bakery. We would eat the pastries while they were still gooey and warm. We would then get our bathing suits on and run out to the shed to grab our pails, shovels, beach games and beach chairs. We would hit the beach beach at 10:30. Once we got to the beach, the competitions would begin. We would compete all day long at games like horse shoes, hand ball, paddleball or whiffle ball.
|Ocean City Beach|
My kids compete all holiday weekend too. Except, they are competing in high pressure youth sports tournaments. This weekend, I am in Tennessee, 375 miles away from home with my son, who is competing in a baseball tournament. My daughter has a soccer tournament in Dayton, Ohio and an AAU basketball tournament on the campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
The Main Point
If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that my kids love to play sports. So their memories of holiday weekends will be as good as mine but different. But I sometimes wonder if we robbing our kids youth by concentrating so much on youth sports?
What do you think?