The Sporting Goods | Competition and the game of life
President Obama, we’ve been told in news articles, is a ferocious competitor. He hates to lose at anything—whether it’s basketball, shuffleboard or elections. Putting aside for a moment the question of how such a competitive fellow could snooze through his first debate with the man who wants to take his job, reading about Obama’s competitive streak got me thinking about my childhood and the way I’m raising my children.
I grew up the eldest of three boys. We boxed, brawled, wrestled and arm-wrestled. We staged Olympiads. We played tackle football, basketball, checkers, Atari, Wiffle ball and Stratego. We competed in running races, bike races, sled races, skateboard races and Matchbox races. We competed even standing over the toilet, engaging in sword fights with our streams of urine, although I’m still not sure how winners and losers were determined.
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