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I am back on the mainland and blogging from Seattle with South Austin in the rearview mirror. Don't worry Virgin Island fans, I will most certainly be back in the Caribbean for visits if not full-time. And I'm sure St. Thomas will creep it's way into many future posts. For now, it's all about living in the Pacific Northwest!

September 6, 2010

Keep Away - an observation of determination

Remember Keep Away? I have been thinking about it a lot. This morning, I was delighted that Izee has finally begun to ring the bells that I have hanging by the door to let me know she wants to go "out".  While attempting to attach her leash, my little angel snatched it away and took off.  I know better than to chase her of course because I'm an intelligent grown up. I calmly sat down and resumed reading the paper letting her know that I had no intention of engaging in her adolescent game. She came closer, leash dangling, as if to say "OK, I was being foolish a minute ago, I really do need to go outside." I reached down to grab the leash and... psych... she's off again. She is clearly the superior player as this continued for the better part of a half hour.

Once she realized that I was not going to play, she looked up at me accusingly with a look that said "you're no fun" and relinquished the leash.

It got me thinking about all those keep away games in my past. What a horrible game. No one ever wanted to be "it". Or any of the other terms that equate to "it" (which are all negative by the way) like monkey in the middle or piggy in the middle. The middle was an uncomfortable place to be. Thinking back, I remember many a playmate who took great pleasure in the keeping part of the game but would promptly quit when it was their turn to be the monkey. Do we react in life the same way we did in games of keep away? How long are we willing to keep grasping for the ball or the job or the relationship?

I remember athletic drills quite differently. These keep away games were tactical and targeted. Intercepting a soccer ball or a basketball was challenging and rewarding and taught you how to be a better defender as well as practice at taking the offense and creating your own opportunities. There are many versions of keep away and we all find ourselves as the monkey in the middle from time to time. I prefer to play only the tactical and targeted version and in that, I will be tenacious. Watch out Izee! 

1 comment:

  1. Way back when, i was the champion at being able to avoid being hit or tagged when in the middle, but always hated keep or take away games.
    Avoiding trouble takes vilgilance, skill and tenacity, taking or keeping was not nice or fair, as i see it. Both games still pit players as adversaries though.


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