Thursday, May 10, 2012

dear emily,

twelve years ago, our oldest (eldest?) son began playing on his high school
varsity basketball team.   we didn't realize how that team would shape his
life.   we didn't realize how that team would shape OUR life.

he practiced before school at 6:30 and after school until 6:30.    because he
was technically on the freshman, junior varsity, and varsity teams, there were
games upon games . . . upon games.

all those hours in the gym provided him with the personal lesson that hard
work pays.  that team became the winningest team in the school's history.
those boys and their coach became our son's best friends for life.   all but
one will be at his wedding this summer.

a side benefit was the dear friends i made sitting on the bleachers.   after
graduation, we began playing basketball bridge to ensure more long hours
sitting together.   sometimes we don't even talk about our sons.  :)

last week, one of the girls said that she was going to throw out all her old,
ugly cards.

life is too short to play with ugly cards.


"therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm . . . give yourselves fully to the work
of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
1 corinthians 15:58


Debbie said...

Oh how I can relate to this! All of my kids played multiple sports over the years and the friends they made AND we made, have lasted to this day. My daughter played on a travel softball team and so we REALLY spent time with these families. How close we all really were. And your right, sometimes now we actually get together and DON'T talk about our kids...but just sometimes, haha. Have a good day! HUGS

Vee said...

Oh amen to tossing out anything that is old and ugly. Old is fine, but ugly...*shudder*

"Sometimes we don't even talk about our sons." Love it because, I'm pretty sure that they are not talking too much about their moms. =D

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh all those sports..years and years worth, the memories,the lessons and the friendships

Yes, time to get new cards...and enjoy, enjoy the wedding and seeing them all again

Sonja said...

I am so excited for you about the upcoming wedding! Enjoy every bit of it, it comes and goes so fast.

I love Vee's comment above, pretty sure they aren't sitting around talking about their moms! But I'll add a P.S.... those boys sure love their moms!!!

Happy Mothers Day!

Lisa said...

I had a basketball player too. Thank God he wasn't interested in baseball. I could not have withstood those bleachers in the Texas heat.:)

Rachel said...

Reminds me of:

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."

Annie Dillard

Such a wonderful way to make friends!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I feel like I really missed out on some special relationships. My children never were interested in sports so I didn't spend time on the sidelines making friends. Can I have a do over? Wishing you a lovely Mother's Day. Thank you for stopping over today.

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Oh, Lea, this was wonderful and truly life is too short to play with ugly cards!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be paying more frequent visits.

Have a joy filled Mothers Day!

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Oh, Lea, this was wonderful and truly life is too short to play with ugly cards!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be paying more frequent visits.

Have a joy filled Mothers Day!

Gloria said...

It is amazing how much that "time" allows you to make friends. I met my best friend just that same way... or close to it. Just us seeing each other in the parking lots driving them to and from all of our daughter's schools opened up the lines of communication. A blessing from God!

Happy Mother's Day to you!


Cinnamon said...

Wedding?! How wonderful and exciting!

Even better that you made friends and still get together. I love that!


A Tale of Two Cities said...

I was a basketball mom too--through high school varsity--they were some of the most fun and most nerve wracking times of my life, especially when folks in the stands would say anything negative about my son. I miss those days though, and look forward to starting out again with the grandchildren in years to come!

Joan Elizabeth said...

I'm back from my blog break and catching up.

I'm not much at cards, ugly or otherwise.

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

Deborah Ann said...

Ah, so you're a soccer (basketball) mom! My kids weren't into sports, so I missed out on that part of life.

I hope you post the wedding pictures - I love a good wedding!