Our sons played in a Rec. Center football game tonight in Cleveland. It was a hard fought game that was well coached, on both sides. The only thing that was missing was, well, much of an audience. Besides myself, there were only two other parents cheering for our team. But so it often goes in the cities. So many of these kids are latch key kids, often with just one parent at home. The kids down here just as often fend for themselves, trying daily to dodge hunger, drugs, bullets… Sometimes they’re successful, often they’re not… Note: There’s an essay on our site that flushes this out a bit more. Note 2: Call me an overly proud parent, but our Jonathan, 7, was the smallest (and youngest) kid on the field tonight, yet he got in there most plays and mixed it up quite well with the big boys. So much so, the coach took him aside after the game and complimented him on his spirit and toughness.