|Pirate Andrew on his fifth birthday, April 1, 2001, in Europa Park|
He's a decent player, but he hasn't been coached much until now. He was stuck in goal until last year because the coaches kept insisting he was so good there. You maybe wanna try giving the nine year old a shot at playing the game he loves?
Turns out he's alright in midfield as well.
And, more importantly, he lives and loves the game.
|Biking with baby brother Matthew at Jolo's Kinderwelt|
And then you have to go and play for England!
|Foosball player in at Bach Fest in Altdorf, June 2007|
I've been trying to talk to Andrew about keeping his options open. I have never said I didn't think he would make it as a soccer player, I've just suggested that he might like something else to do afterwards, since the career is so short.
|Fire Station Show in Altdorf, May 2007|
I talk sports caster or sports writer, I talk about utilising some of his academic talents as well. I've mentioned those Mid-East Peace Talks he negotiates after winning the World Cup title for Australia, becoming a famous TV personality due to his quirky interviews in German and American English, using the skills he developed as the middle sibling between an older sister with Asperger's Syndrome and younger twin brothers.
So I should have been thrilled when he came home from school yesterday and told me he had thought about his options and had a few career choices in mind just in case the soccer didn't work out.
Policeman. SWAT team. Army.
|Medieval Festival in Herrenberg, August 2007|
Although, to pacify me he told me he'd use his engineering skills to build things for the army to use.
Oh. Like guns and bombs and weapons of mass destruction?
What the hell happened to sports writer?!
|Cowboy to Ryan's horse, summer 2007.|
Still. SWAT TEAM?! I'm beginning to wonder if maybe my children should start hanging with the wrong crowd!