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I always imagined I’d like soccer, if ever exposed to it; but, I never went looking for it until it found me. Now, I’m watching youtube videos on soccer skills and drills, and amazing displays of foot skills that are as magic to me. I’m tentively planning a match with some friends, but am not sure I’ll beat the weather this year. The video above is of a young man from Brazil who is an exchange student living with us for at least the first semester of the year. In Brazil, a boy’s first gift is a soccer ball and a jersey. Higor said that it would not be uncommon for a Brazilian boy to recieve up to ten soccer balls and ten jerseys on any given birthday. Higor’s favorite team is the Corinthians.

I found that I enjoyed watching soccer very much, and was fortunate enough to catch Higor’s goal on video during parent’s night. He normally plays defense and usually not in a position to score. Last Saturday, we went to the soccer practice field. Sue bought me a soccer ball, a blue adidas, on Friday, the same day I stopped at Dunham’s and bought one myself, a red Nike. So we had a couple of balls and Higor gave me a brief primer, and I managed to not break anything before expending myself. It took 15 minutes.

Higor also plays chess. I bought a chess book by some guy, whose name starts with a “C”, written in the 1920’s, but I can’t find the same code for the little squares he uses in his book. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll still lose, I just didn’t want to lose inside of three moves.