Joshua woke me at 7am, asking if we could take him to the state tournament so he could cheer for his team. After mowing the lawn and cleaning up a few things, we took him up to the tournament. (Braden didn’t want to wrestle without Josh so we hadn’t planned to go at all.)
I dropped Rick and Josh off and the other kids and I spent the afternoon browsing through stores. We went to the pet shop and a department store to look at toys and finished the afternoon by playing in the grass outside the arena. Josh felt a little sad that he couldn’t wrestle, but had fun cheering for his friends.
Afterwards, we ate dinner at Olive Garden. It was a relaxing meal with delicious food and we all had fun. A man approached us and told us how wonderful it was to see a family with such well-behaved children.
We made a quick stop at Walmart for groceries and more pain meds for Josh. At home, even though it was almost 10pm, we had ice cream with raspberries and whipped cream.
Poor Josh was sad tonight when we got home. He got emotional and it broke me heart. I think the novelty of a cast is wearing off and he’s starting to realize the implications of all this. He is hoping to go to regionals and wrestling camp in June, but probably won’t be able to. He wanted to play tackle football this year, but might need to play another year of flag instead. We don’t know if he can run track and he already misses playing the piano.
Still teary, he sat down to play the piano. His fingers are inside the cast so he couldn’t play like he wanted to. Rick sat down next to him and played the top hand while Joshua played the bottom hand. The song was beautiful (Moonlight Sonata) and it was sweet to see them like that. Joshua thanked him afterwards.
Ibuprofen and ice cream and a few extra hugs seemed to help Josh feel better, but I think playing the piano with Daddy helped the most. He was back to smiling before long.
It seems so strange that the wrestling season is over now. It ended much differently than we expected, but the boys had fun and learned a lot. It was a great season. Even though we’re sad that Josh got hurt, there are still many things to be thankful for and many blessings that we’ve been given.