Sunday, November 16, 2008

Reflections of a Basketball Mom

For as long as I can remember wintertime has meant basketball season. We have spent our time from mid-October through February and sometimes into March consumed by basketball. Dave has coached. All three of the boys have played pee-wee ball, middle school ball and high school ball. Last year we had one at each level! This year though things are a little different and I am still trying to figure out how I feel about it! Dave decided this past summer that he was not going to coach this year. Between teaching, his responsibilities at church, department chairing, coaching, fathering, and husbanding he was feeling that something need to be released and he opted to let go of coaching. That was not too big of a deal because the boys would still be playing so there would be lots of basketball games to go to. But as the Middle School season approached Micah decided that he would do drama instead of playing 7th grade basketball. They practice at the same time so he was forced to make a choice. He opted for drama and will have a large part in the upcoming Middle School play. He has been very happy with his decision and is looking forward to his starring role. Shortly after that decision the time came for the high school season to start and Caleb also decided he would sit out this season and cheer on his team from the stands. This has probably been the hardest for me to take because I love to sit in the stands and watch him play. He felt like he wanted to try his hand at some other things and that basketball simply did not allow him the time to do that. He loves photography and is seriously considering pursuing a career in photography so he is hoping to work with the Art teacher at school to put together a portfolio and possibly start an online photography business. He is also performing in Harvey....the fall play at the High School as well as taking some pretty tough classes. I of course completely support him in his decision not to play ball but I will miss seeing him on the court this year! Joshua is our lone basketball player this season. He has been waiting to play Bear ball for 3 years now and is very excited. As most of you know he has some challenges to face in academics and in athletics but he is out at practice every day working as hard as he can with a great attitude. He will find out on Tuesday if he made the C team. I hope he makes it. I can't wait to see him in a Bear uniform!
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