Monday, December 7, 2009

Thoughts on being champions...

Saturday night our football team became state champions  by virtue of hard work and practice and devotion of many dedicated men who are coaches and a team of young men who are athletes.

The excitement was palpable, the air charged with that electricity of a big thing about to happen.

The community at large and the devotion of a small town to her youth was impressive.
Nerve wracked parents... fathers who played a generation ago, with faces so full of emotion...
a student section, both pensive and wild in anticipation, cheerleaders with pom poms...
folks for whom this was a first ...
and folks who have seen a lot... who have been in this place before.

I recall a time, more than 30 years ago, when, in the aftermath of a state championship game, I got bear hugs and kisses from a football player, who became the man that I would later marry.
I know what these memories mean.

May they enjoy the victory
and carry with them
the amazing feeling of being champions as they go.

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