I attended a land-breaking event on Tuesday. The young ladies in our town had practiced together on the soccer field a few times. Then last week they had a bit of a match amongst themselves...in uniform. On Tuesday, ladies from the close-by community of Laborieux came and played against the young ladies of PBO. It was the first such game in this community.
Years ago at the HFA school, we prepared a program for the female students in the school to play soccer. Many of them are on this current team. And the young man initiating the program is a former student of ours as well. I feel like I can take a bit of credit for the event through them...a bit, anyway.
Soccer is for everyone. I'm glad to see the young ladies playing in public. I remember working with young girls in the school phys. ed. program. In first grade the young girls played soccer freely. By fourth grade the same girls would say, "I can't play soccer." I'd wonder who told them they can't?
Anyway. It was a good day. Sadly, and ironically, after the match they tell me a man from Laborieux wielded a fire arm in the post-match discussion in the street.
You take the good, you take the bad. The facts of life. Job said, too.
Missionary in Haiti.