The Dads' Race, by Michelle Whiteman
Sports Day 1983 – Eight men line up. ‘Dribble rugby balls using hockey sticks’ they’re sedately told. Furtive side looks weigh up the competition. The whistle and . . . . Fore! A ball is thwacked across the running track streaking across the neatly powdered rows, one disappears into the crowd under the chairs and legs of floral dresses, a child narrowly misses decapitation by hockey stick as another ball flies into the air, grown men fuelled by competitive spirit hack the ground, the air, each other and, occasionally, a bouncing ball. A race memorable enough to never be repeated.
12/9/2020 02:15:03 am
Dads can be such an embarrassment. I could see the chaotic scene. Nice one, Michelle
12/9/2020 11:18:15 am
That competitive attitude will get you every time. Good story.
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