And although I have never really thought about, I’m pretty sure I’m wordy in my praise, too.
I try not to criticize, but when I go into extensive detail about my child’s performance it say “I love to watch you play” and leave it at that?
Very rarely does one sentence have immediate impact on me.
She hadn’t even made it halfway down the lane when I reached up to wipe away one small tear that formed in the corner of my eye. After the meet, my daughter and I stood in the locker room together, just the two of us.
Since my oldest daughter began swimming competitively two years ago, I have ALWAYS had this same reaction to her first strokes in the first heat. I wrapped a warm, dry towel around her shivering shoulders.
I watched as her fingers adeptly found their homes—no need for colorful stickers to guide them. As we walked down the empty hallway, I knew what needed to be said.
With a confident smile, my daughter belted out her favorite line, “Don’t you worry your pretty little mind; people throw rocks at things that shine …” As her small, agile fingers maneuvered the strings with ease, I had to look away. In fact, this emotional reaction happens every time she gets to that line of the song. I bent down, looking straight into the blue eyes sheltered behind pink spectacles and said, “I love to watch you play your ukulele.
I watched him, my husband, from the corner of the room where I was dusting shelves with my youngest child.
Embarrassingly, I had to turn away so no one saw me tear up.
College athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame.
Their overwhelming response: ‘I love to watch you play.’” The life-changing sentence came at the beginning of an article entitled, “What Makes a Nightmare Sports Parent and What Makes a Great One” which described powerful insights gathered over three decades by Bruce E. Although I finished reading the entire piece, my eyes went back and searched for that one particular sentence; the one that said, “I love to watch you play.” I read it exactly five times.
And then I attempted to remember all past verbal interactions I had with my kids at the conclusion of their extracurricular activities.