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