Thursday, November 6, 2008

From Soccer Star to Little Wrestler...

Last Spring we were able to watch some of Isaac's cousins play in their soccer games and ever since Isaac has been dying to play as well. This past September he was finally old enough to start on a "learning team". No actual games but he still loved it. So far, he says he'd like to play again next year. Now the funny thing is- the entire soccer season, Doug kept on saying one thing to Isaac: "Soccer is cool, but wrestling and football are cooler." Obviously you now know which sports my dear husband favors. I suppose I should explain that wrestling was not only a sport in the Norton family growing up, it was a way of life. Doug and 4 of his brothers competed in wrestling during high school and they were all good... extremely good. Even to this day when we have family get togethers you can find these fully grown men pulling wrestling moves on eachother in the middle of the living room floor. One of his brothers is even a head high school wrestling coach (which of course is a dream of Doug's as well). So now that you know the "importance" of wrestling to Doug and the Norton family I can continue with the story...

Last week as I went through Isaac's papers that came home from school I discovered a flyer for a local wrestling club (for kids ages 5-14). I didn't even know that one existed in our area (guess I didn't care to know). But as soon as I saw the flyer and realized Isaac was old enough to participate I sent a text to Doug. Doug has been waiting for this day. He has asked several times in the past year if Isaac was old enough for wrestling yet. Well of course once Doug learned about the local club he made the decision to sign him up. Yesterday he took Isaac and registered him, along with purchasing his very first pair of wrestling shoes (above photo). Doug came home to tell me that the season will last until March and they will even have tournaments in the spring. Yes, my little 5 year old could be competing in wrestling tournaments... I'm sure you can imagine the glow on my husbands face. He's pretty hopeful that Isaac will form a passion for wrestling. In all honesty I think Isaac will love it. I'm just really glad that Isaac and Doug finally have something that they'll be able to do together.



I couldn't help but include a few photos of Doug in his glory days. These aren't the best pictures because I took pictures of pictures with my camera (no scanner). Doug is the one in red and white in the one below... beating the other guy of course!






3 comments:

Kristin said...

This will be great for them to share this likeness. I think that Isaac will be a great wrestler.

Trina said...

Wow that seems young to be doing wrestling, but I don't know much about it. I'm sure he'll enjoy it. He'll have to teach Ethan some moves.

Tonia said...

While I do share Doug's love of football, wrestling on the other hand has always creeped me out. Men/Boys in tight singlets grabbing each other while rolling around on the floor. Oh boy!!! I'm sure he will do well and that's way fun for your boys(Doug and Isaac) to have an activity to do together. I'm sure I can develop a like for this activity (I can't really call it a sport) now that my cute little nephew will be doing it.