Saturday the boys had a cricket match in Schweizer Reneke. It is about 140 km from Klerksdorp and we had to leave at 6:30 am to be on time for the games.
This would be accepted with much enthusiasm if it were for a different sport. The sport that is part of the Afrikaner culture. The sport that gets fathers
shouting at the referees excited and proud of their sons. The sport where parents don’t mind leaving before sunrise on a very cold winter’s morning to drive to another town for a match.
Rugby. Yes, it gets mothers, fathers, grandparents, uncles almal excited and next to the field.
Not cricket though. No, we drove there with most of the children in cars of people their parents hardly know. They let their kids go to another town, with no support but those of the coaches and their families.
Cricket is sport loved by many but it’s not part of what makes up our culture. So parents aren’t that keen to get up early. To drive far.
Does this mean parents only support their children playing rugby because they enjoy the sport? Not specifically because they are there to support their son?
Could it be? If that is not the case, then why do we hardly have any parents at cricket matches? Why do they drop of their children and go to town for the morning?
I believe this is true. I saw it last year when Quintus was in the school choir. I don’t think there were more than 2 or 3 parents there when they sang.
It’s sad. Your child wants your support. No matter what sport or activity they take part in.