Yesterday was Haru’s first track and field day (運動会). It was my first track and field day as well, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I knew that the kids would be putting on some kind of show, and competing different field events, but that was the extent of my knowledge. For me, it was just a very long day. I was expecting that it’d be 3 or 4 hours long, but in reality it went on for about 6 hours and it was exhausting even just to watch.
There were literally hundreds if not thousands of friends and family members there just to watch their kid(s). Some kids even had an entourage of upwards of 20 to 30 of people consisting of parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, bothers and sisters. It was ridiculous! I can understand immediate family members attending, but when people start bringing caravans of people, it really gets to be too much. But what really irritated me the most was the fact that most of these acquaintances really didn’t care or want to be there, and often seen huddling in little groups doing their own thing and not watching the kids at all. Ugh!
Anyways, enough of the rant. Other the the irritating factor, the day went well. The kids were broken up into two groups, the red group and the white group. Haru was in the red group, so she wore a red cap. The two groups would compete against each other in various events, like the 25 meter dash, obstacle courses, breaking pinatas (although the pinata had nothing in it except confetti), and ball tossing contests. Since Haru is pretty athletic, I thought she’d do well, but she okay at best. But in her defense, the events weren’t really “sporty”, but more like shows, so there wasn’t anything to be competitive in.
All in all, it was okay…just really exhausting. I’m just glad these things are only once a year.