The boys were involved with Upward soccer last year at the church. They were BOTH on a kindergarten team despite the fact that the Emperor was going INTO preschool and the Elf INTO first grade!! Elf is about a month before the Missouri cutoff to go into the next grade lower and Emperor is ten days too late to have been in first grade this year. It wasn't a problem last year, but this year after letting the kids get their uniforms and go to their first practice, I get a phone call stating they don't want the Emperor on the first grade team b/c he is too young! Yeah, by *10 days,* unless I travel 20 miles west in which case the state cutoff would be different anyway. No matter. No grace for the fact that I am halfway on bedrest and it would be a real hardship to do a bunch of different games each week, plus practice. I feel like it's just an excuse. They don't want the Emperor on the team b/c he has a hard time following directions and requires extra energy. They don't really want to have any grace toward him or spend a little extra effort on a kid who would truly appreciate it. Whatever. I'm pretty miffed at the church. When I have sent requests in for help and prayers these last few months to our small group, they've been ignored. They really have, because I was very clear about what the needs are. I don't believe this is a capitalist scheme whereby JUST because I spent X years teaching kids I should get Z back from the church. But a little grace, offers of help or concern would have been nice. I'm pretty mad and I think I'm going to go somewhere else. I am not sure that things will be better anywhere else though. We just took our old uniforms and cleats outside and played soccer and bubbles! Might as well LOL!