School sports days are something that many parents never make the effort to attend. There’s something about sports days, watching kids fumble their way through ball games, try to throw frisbies, run as fast as they can down a straight line, and try to out-tug another team on a rope that many parents seem to find not worthy of their attention.
But when you have a son who will only be able to take part for a few years, you attend every single one. And it breaks your heart to see him try so hard, and to see him crestfallen when he doesn’t win. But it also fills your heart with pride when he wants to take part in every event and he never gives up.
And I will watch with pride, from behind my dark sunglasses, and those sunglasses will hide my tears of both joy and sadness.