Category Archives: FOOTBALL STORIES

ABOUT FOOTBALL CRAZY

‘Football Crazy’ – a story about life, love and death as seen through the eyes of a boy crazy about football.

Children’s stories can be helpful in providing ways for parents to discuss difficult subjects with their children. It’s never easy for loving parents to approach the subject of death with their children.  Understandably some parents avoid the subject all together – yet loss is a sad but inevitable part of life.

When we avoid or distract a child from a subject that is worrying them we are closing off an opportunity for growth. Some subjects are too difficult or painful to discuss, particularly when we are in mourning ourselves.

When a mother or father is grieving following the death of their own parent their children can be experiencing confusion as well as sadness and loss. A loved one is gone. Questions arise – where have they gone? Will they ever see them again? Will our family ever be happy and have fun, like we used to?

KIND RELATIVES

Sometimes, other kind relatives tell children stories about where the dead person may have gone to. These stories can differ from ‘Granny’ is an angel looking down from heaven – to ‘Granny has gone for a long restful sleep because she was tired.’

 DIFFERENT CULTURES

The stories we use to tell children about death vary from culture to culture, religion to religion, but what doesn’t vary is the fact that when a loved one dies they leave a space in the family where they used to be.

One child described a ‘granny shaped hole in the house.’ Others talk about the ‘empty chair nobody ever wants to sit on.’

‘Football Crazy’ is about this empty space in the family. In this story it is the Grandfather who dies. This wonderful, loving football crazy granddad had been a huge part of this football loving family and without him they don’t enjoy football any more. children's stories - image of a footballAs a family they learn to accept the loss gradually and together they find a way to enjoy their lives again while always remembering their wonderful, football crazy granddad.

 TO READ MY PERSONAL NOTES ON WRITING FOOTBALL CRAZY PLEASE CLICK HERE

 

FOOTBALL CRAZY

sad-boy with footballFootball Crazy is a family story that isn’t just about football. It’s really about life, death and love. Writing this story was a very special task for me.  I wanted to write a story for the whole family as opposed to a story solely aimed at children and I knew that a family story, especially one that deals with a family crisis, should appeal to parents as well as children.

I felt that the best way to achieve this was through a story about a ‘normal’ family dealing with a family crisis. So the adults in my family story have faults and failings while still always trying to do best by their children. Just like real parents.

footballIn ‘Football Crazy’ the crisis is the death of a grandparent who was a big part of this football loving family. Whether you like football or not, the parents in the story are people you can identify with. They could be you, your neighbours, relatives or friends. In other words they are human.

When I wrote this I had my own personal family story at the forefront of my mind. I remembered the death of my own grandmother when I was nine and in particular my childish confusion around my family’s response to her death, which given the times – was a silent sort of sadness.

family story - image of a footballLike little Jimmy in ‘Football Crazy’ I thought my family would never be the same again and also like Jimmy I gradually learned that families do recover and be ‘normal’ again.

Looking back to those times I know if had heard or read a little story about other families coping with the loss of a loved one it would have helped me and relieved some of my confusion.

The idea of helping a confused child or helping parents raise a sensitive subject to discuss with their children really inspired me to write a family story but I didn’t want to make it too sad. Life is a mixture of  happy and sad events so I aimed to write a warm and enjoyable story to reflect that reality. I also wanted to show that time really does heal.

When Football Crazy was initially broadcast on RTE 1 National Radio here in Ireland, I was heartened by the wonderful response the story received from parents and children. So much so I decided to make the story available on Kindle for the first time.

All families experience crisis from time to time and I really hope that ‘Football Crazy’ is an enjoyable family story that can provide you and your children with a little help or comfort during a family crisis.

FOOTBALL MAD

FUNNY STORIES FOR KIDS 

(AND THEIR PARENTS)

cartoon man reading a book

A football‘Football Mad,’ is one of those stories that parents can identify with. We all want to be good parents but unlike those perfect parents we see in the adverts it’s sometimes hard to find the time to do all the things our children want us to do. Football

Well, the parents in this story aren’t perfect either. In fact, they are very busy and this gives their son, Shane, a problem.

cartoon boy with football
By Brendan Hill

Shane’s problem is that he is absolutely football mad and he desperately wants to get on the school football team. Unfortunately for Shane his coach says his techniques aren’t good enough and he needs to practice. To do this, Shane needs support from his parents but they’re just so very busy…

footballThe other boys in school make fun of Shane and with his Mum busy  practicing her yoga and his Dad busy reading, he enlists some support from his granddad and together they come up with a solution.

ABOUT FOOTBALL MAD

 FUNNY SHORT STORIES FOR KIDS FROM IRELAND

FOOTBALL MAD

I was commissioned to write ‘Football Mad’ for children’s radio here in Ireland. It was then broadcast on RTE Radio One as part of its children’s Fiction Fifteen series.

Football Mad is set in Ireland which is where most of my children’s stories are set and by a funny coincidence is also where I happen to live – right at the end of this lane below.

country-laneOne of the things I most enjoy doing is writing dialogue, especially children’s and I feel strongly that you don’t really know who a character is, even one you’ve invented, until you’ve made them talk. Sometimes it takes time to find a voice for a character but once you do it’s fun and they almost begin to create their own stories.  Once I’ve found a character’s voice it remains with me for a very long time.

The images in Football Mad are the work of Brendan Hill of Evilhairday and you will find more of his wonderful art here. 

Funny short stories for kids Image of a boy and a football

I really enjoyed writing this story and Shane’s voice was great fun to work with. In fact I loved finding all the voices of the characters in Football Mad and it is one of those children’s stories that adults seemed to enjoy as much as kids.

I think it is because parents feel empathy with Shane’s Mum and Dad. They were busy and didn’t want to be roped into playing football with their son. funny short stories for kids. Image of a football They are good parents but there’s no such thing as perfect parents or perfect children.

I adapted this story from my own original radio version, especially for younger Kindle readers and for the parents who read to them. I hope you enjoy it reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Grace