Thursday, July 14, 2011
punk's little league
Punk has never been a sports kind of guy. He loves to play, loves gym class, but has never been into competitive sports. He swims like a fish, can ride a bike, took Karate, can hit a pitched ball, and could probably outrun a middle-aged dog if his life depended on it. He likes to toss a frisbee, is pretty agile with a Razor scooter, and knows all of the retro dance moves . . . so who cares if he's never been in little league - right?
Apparently lots of people do.
Lately it seems as though he's had to defend the fact that he doesn't play sports - not to kids - but to adults. They're not entirely wrong - team activities are good for kids - good for everyone, but Punk has made his choice, and it seems to be a great one for him.
Punk's little league is theater.
I told him that he needed to take some activities this year, and asked what he'd like to do. Without even waiting for the options, he said - "I think I'm a theater kid, and I really just want to continue with that. It's my thing." Not that this was a surprise - Punk has been acting since he was 18 months old - throwing blankets over his head and stumbling around like a drunken midget, trying to get a laugh out of his family. But this was the first time he really seemed to give it some thought and make a statement about it.
And I am totally down with it. I don't think there is a single thing he'd learn from Pop Warner football, that he doesn't learn from theater: Be on time; work as a team; respect your coaches, your teammates and your audience; pull your own weight; encourage each other; work hard; make sacrifices; do your best; have fun; wash your uniform; and don't smear your eyeliner.
I think he's got it all down - except for maybe the last part.
If you want to check him out in his latest venture - get your tickets here:
PUNK in 13 the MUSICAL