I don’t know a soccer ball from a watermelon.

Dear Rose,

I dsoccer-ball-png-19on’t know a soccer ball from a watermelon. watermelon_png236

Well, actually I do. Watermelon’s are pink inside with lots of pips that you can, when the mood takes you, have spitting competitions with. I’m not sure what’s inside a soccer ball but something very hard. I tried to kick the ball back to girls last week as they were kicking them into the carpark during training and er, I hurt my foot and the ball didn’t go very far and on an uncanny number of occasions bounced off the cross bar back at me!

So, as you know, I’ve been tangoing with a tantalising proposition this year. To take up soccer joining your team and potentially humiliate you or not…it’s just attending all those games with you, it looks so fun! Okay, apart from the torn muscles, the soccer ball in the face at close range (ouch!) and the abusive opposition.

There’s the adrenaline buzz, the fitness, the camaraderie, the adoration of your fans on the sidelines (wait a minute, that’s me, right?)

The way I see it there’s only a few things holding me back:

  • my lack of fitness
  • my long-standing dodgy hamstring

    That's Dad and me in the lounge (you were out!)

    That’s Dad and me in the lounge (you were out!)

  • my age
  • my dodgy shoulder
  • my now dodgy ankle (see right)
  • and my fear (how to face those ‘big units’ especially when they swear like they’ve just got out of the mini-bus from Corio – oops, that’s right, they have…)

So the way I see it your safe. I’m thinking I might get more involved next year with the Surfside Waves in a behind-the-scenes kind of way. Help out in the tuckshop or join the committee – something boring and adult like that…unless of course you want to train me over summer?

Love you, Mum xo



About Heather Gallagher

Heather lives in Ocean Grove with her beautiful family and a dog called Pip. She has a passion for quirky stories. Her first book, Ferret on the Loose, was published in 2013 and was recently listed on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The book was inspired by a girl and her ferret, who Heather interviewed while working as a freelance journalist for The Sunday Age. Her column, Yak Attack, ran in the Kids View section for more than a year and allowed Heather to profile people she thought would be of interest to kids. In 2014, she released her first picture book Happy Pants – Why is mummy so sad? This is NOT a story about ferret racing. Rather, it is a heartfelt story about a boy grappling with his Mum’s post-natal depression. Heather’s stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore and Challenge magazines. Heather has experience in public speaking – both for children and adults. While, promoting Happy Pants she spoke to groups of counsellors, nurses, parents and at library events. She has presented writing workshops to primary-aged children. Last year, she was a presenter at the Sacred Edge festival and the Christian Writers’ Conference.
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One Response to I don’t know a soccer ball from a watermelon.

  1. Robyn says:

    Seems a wise decision, Heath.


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