You have no idea how freaking tired I am!
I’ve been up and about since 4:30 a.m. today, and we had a full day! After our 7:40-3 p.m. class, we went to church. Then we rushed to National Bookstore to get Raviv’s school requirements (he starts Kinder tomorrow!), eh andami!!!
I only got a proper rest since 30 minutes ago. The prudent thing to do is sleep, but I can’t. Sabi nga ng kanta, “I’m so excited…and I just can’t hide it!!!”
Bakit kamo? Well, just after that #ProudDaughterMoment a few days ago, here I am now brandishing a #ProudNanayMoment!!!
If you’re following me on Instagram (@momsterteacher), you probably know that Raviv has been playing soccer since June. Randy and I actively looked for activities for him since he had such loooong vacation (their classes will start tomorrow pa lang), and football (soccer) is one of them.
On his first training days, he was painfully shy. As in. Good thing there was a slightly older boy there who would always go out of his way to make Raviv feel welcome. Like on Raviv’s first day, he approached Raviv, led him and said, “Come here, we won’t hurt you.” Then when Randy bought Raviv his soccer paraphernalia at palpak ang lagay niya ng shin guards (Randy put the shin guards OUTSIDE Raviv’s long socks. LOL! Puro basketball lang ang alam!), this boy came up to them daw and taught them that the shin guards were supposed to be in front. No mocking whatsoever. Siya na ang role model ni Raviv ngayon.
On Raviv’s 3rd training day, they were already enlisting players for a tournament. The head coach rollcalled the names of the players and added, “Raise your hand if you’re joining and I hadn’t mentioned your name.”
Ay ang Raviv, nagtaas ng kamay!!!
The head coach was about to enlist him but I told the coach that Raviv wasn’t joining. Na-stress si Raviv. Bakit daw hindi siya kasali sa tournament! I made up excuses and told him he can’t join because we haven’t asked his Tatay’s permission yet. But truth is that I didn’t think he was ready at that time.
Then two weeks ago when I watched his training, I noticed that Ravivo has improved! As in lagi na s’yang nakaka-goal! Incidentally, there was another tournament, the Ceres-La Salle Manila 2nd Football Cup! I asked him whether he wanted to join. I could see it in his eyes that he wanted to, but he was still probably disheartened the last time he volunteered na binasag ko lang ang trip n’ya. I asked him again, and this time hindi na nagpakipot: Yes, I really want to join!
Problem is, Randy and I have classes on that day (it’s a Sunday, and Randy and I are fully booked on weekends) in Sta. Rosa. We will come from Los Banos, and the tournament is in Alabang. Raviv has to be in Alabang Country Club before 8 a.m., while Randy and I had to be in Sta. Rosa before 7:30 a.m. No one can drive Raviv to Alabang except for Randy. Plus we have to disturb one of our staff on her day-off so Raviv will have company. With this situation, stressed na stressed na si Randy just thinking of this. ‘Yung tipong nagha-high pitch na ‘yung tono n’ya sa inis sa pag-push ko nitong tournament na ito. Randy even threatened me that we REALLY, REALLY need to leave Los Banos at 5:30 a.m.
Yes, threat ‘yan because I HATE waking up early.
Fast forward to today. I woke up at 4 a.m. (Oha! #ParaSaTournamentNiRaviv) to prepare Raviv’s stuff: clothes, beverages, sandwiches, lunch, etc. When Randy woke Raviv up at 5 a.m., parang jack-o-lantern na nag-spring out of bed ang Ravivo, hehe.
We arrived in Alabang Country Club at around 6:15.
S’yempre, pumuslit ako ng picture before we headed back to Sta. Rosa.
Every chance I had during my break time, I would text Beth to check on Raviv.
Buuuut, after my class and I saw Raviv and Beth, I was in for a pleasant surprise: Raviv and his teammates bagged the third place!!!
Waaaah! I was sooo happy! It was a big deal because:
- It was Raviv’s first tournament, and his team placed!
- There were 7 teams. Yes, hindi naman sila 3rd place out of 3 teams, hahaha! May mga natalo talaga sila.
- There were only 5 players of the 7 Under team, which means in all the games, it was just Raviv and his 4 teammates! No substitution, and since sunud-sunod ang laban, none of them had any time to rest!
- Partida, since 5 a.m. until the end of Raviv’s games just before noon, 2 saging na lacatan lang ang kinain n’ya!
- The first and second placers were bonggacious teams: 1st place went to the players of the Kaya Football Academy and 2nd place went to Ceres Football Club. Ito ‘yung teams kung saan galing ‘yung Azkals, ganung level. Hehehe.
And here’s the winning team, Kaya:
See how bongga Kaya’s sponsors are? LBC and Yellow Cab in front of the jerseys, bay-beh! Plus foreigner coach pa!
Whereas Raviv and teammates…
…don’t even have a uniform yet! Hahaha!
Beth also mentioned that Kaya players and coach were really serious. And as Beth put it, “…nanggigigil talaga [ang coach] ‘pag hindi naaagaw ng team n’ya ang bola”. Raviv’s coach, on the other hand, was a young man who was calm and relaxed the entire time daw. Perhaps that’s why it was Raviv ang nanggigil nung nilalampaso sila ng Kaya!
According to Beth, “Ma’am natawa ako kasi nung hirap na sina Raviv maka-score, nanigas siya at naningkit ‘yung mata. Tapos sinabihan ‘yung magaling na player ng Kaya na, ‘I hate you! You’re bad because you don’t let us win! Go away!’ (Of course I told Raviv it wasn’t nice, but still, nakakatawa how serious he was!)
At first I thought that perhaps Raviv’s coach should be harder and more aggressive. But then I realized Raviv and his teammates were still young (they’re in the 7 Under team, and they’re just 5-to 6-year-olds), and that the real goal is for these kids to be kids, and just have fun (and Raviv had so much fun that even after waking up early, barely eating anything, playing non-stop, going to church and shopping until 8 p.m. for his school supplies, he is still awake at 9:30 p.m.!!!)
In that case, they’re champions! Congratulations, Team Agila!!!