First of all, I would like to express my objectives in writing this series. I'm totally Thai by birth, documentations and spirits. I have been studying in the US under the Royal Thai Scholarship Program with tax money from Thai farmers and the people of Thailand. I'm grateful with that.
I have chances to persue my education and to be exposed to a different culture in the US. I have seen many issues that we, the Thai, can learn and assimilate those good ways of thinking from the Americans.
OK, that's not related to what I would like to discuss about. Let's move on to the topic then.
We're a busy family. So we have to send our children to daycare in a daily basis. One day when I went to pick up my older son from his daycare, I evedropped two of parents talking about soccer (a.k.a football in Thailand). They talked about one of their players in the team was moving away to other city. So, in the coming weekend, their team would have one player less than it would be.
So, seeing this as a fine chance to bring my nerdy son to a physical sport, I asked one of the parents who was also one of my son's classmate. We had seen each other for a while. And, he said he would be happy to have my son in his team.... Almost forgotten, he was also a coach of the team.
In my city, it's classified as a medium-sized city with 150,000 populations. Well, not too big not too small, so we expected that we would see a tiny number of teams in that young age (4-5 years old).
Surprisingly, when we arrived at the field. There were many many people in the area. There was a traffic jam... children in soccer outfits, babies in strollers, parents in causal dresses, and senior people coming to cheer their grandchildren.
In this division (4-6 years old), boys and girls would play in the same team. There would be no separation between gender until 7 years of age.
So, there were 4 boys and 3 girls in my son's team... All of them looked very eager to play.
Coaches? There were 2; one, the head coach, was Hannah's dad, and another one, the assistant coach, was also one of my son's friend's dad.
Every team has its coaches.... All of them were volunteering parents.
In that time, American soccer teams were quite successful in the World Cup. Its male soccer team went to the final world cup. The female soccer team won the world champion.
My first impression about this was these might be the keys to success of the Americans in soccer; willingness of those youngsters to have fun with the sport, and, as equal as in the importance, coaching and coaches from the very beginning.
These are something that we don't have in our country. I cannot tell you the exact reasons... But I do know one thing from an American proverb; There is nothing better than a heart of the volunteers.
This might give you a clearer picture of what's in the American's heart and soul. This positive attitude can be seen in every corner of my city. Volunteering in coaching, volunteering in public services, and so on are one of those volunteering activities.
With this basic public sacrifice, it can gradually and strongly build a foundation of anything we can imagine....
The soccer World Cup Champion can be one of those... Who knows?
What do you think?
Best regards, A.T. (2/27/06)
NOTE 1: Made a corrrection as suggested by Khun เอริ...จัง
================================= Note: My life has been intertwined with works and many others. New responsibility has emerged, resulting less and less time for my ordinary life. Although, a love to write is still intact... But having less time is related to having less imagination.... Therefore, I could not come up with new writings for quite some times.
It might be a good time for me to leave this forum for moment.... Please take it as Mr. A.T. is having a sabbactatical leave or something like that....
As noted above, my love to write is still the same... and will not be changed. Sometimes somehow, I hope I could come back and give some thoughts in this blog once more.
Cheers, Mr. A.T. June 6th, 2008
My pen-name in Pantip is amatuer translator. Actually, I'm a lousy translator with lame translation. My pen-name is somewhat misleading, I have no background in linguistics what-so-ever. Anyway I love to read, write and communicate with people...
Reading is my most favorite hobby. I read everything from shopping bags to articles in theoretical physics. I do research and teaching for my living. So, reading, writing, thinking and doing research works are my everyday routine.
I would like to define myself as a person who is accepting new ideas and adopting those into my way of life.
I believe in power of knowledge/education. I think every society can be a better society with knowledge. Ignorance can be dispelled by it. Humanity can live sustainably and harmoniously with each other along with its biosphere with understandings in the nature surrounding it.
Apart from my philosophical thoughts reflecting who I am, I can tell you something I like or love in particular;
I love dogs.... Particularly, labradore retrievers.... One day, I would like to spend my time and life with them as a big part of my family.
Zhuge Liang is my hero. With his wisdom and faithfulness, he led a tiny army to a mighty and formidable kingdom. He left his humble residence with a hope to come back. But, sadly, he had never returned and died far far away from home in a horse carriage in a battle field. If I could choose where I would, I would say where-ever my lovely wife was nearby.
I value happiness and my family as my first priority. My profession and my philosophy come in the second. Pursuit in wealth has never been in my desire.
I'm glad to be your friend, and look forward to seeing you around krub.