Chutzpah:The Game

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.

chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment. For more Yiddish WordsChut

The game is set and we have practiced. We have decided that basketball is the sport we are going to play this season. We have prepared prior to the game by gathering the uniform and feeding him a sports bar. We have pumped up his ego and assured him that trying is what is important. We have gathered the sneakers and gone over offense and defense. We have reminded him not to travel and to shoot as high as he can towards the basketball net. We reminded him to try and to tie his shoes laces. We assured him it is okay to take the ball and run with it as long as you dribble.

The game begins and his intensity is immeasurable. He attacks the game. He seems excited and elated. He tells us he is scared and he doesn’t like the game because he isn’t very good at it. I smile and remind him that if he plays his heart out then he will always be good enough. The game goes on and he is able to block and steal the ball. He stands under the net and lets the ball go. It returns only to hit him squarely in the face. His eyes begin to tear up. He looks determined not to cry. He hears his friends laugh and ask him if he is okay. He looks at me and smiles. I asked him later if he was okay and he says, “Of course mom, I am trying my best.”

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