So many times we encounter a question that we just can't find an answer too. As I lay in bed tonight, starting to dose off, I was stirred by my teenage daughter. She had came to inform me that one of her friends, a daughter to one of my friends and former coworker, had passed away in an automobile accident. My heart sank to depths I can't describe. H was one of the most talented and beautiful young ladies that I have ever met. She always had a smile on her face when I saw her. Her beauty showed from deep within. The loss of someone always brings about the question of why. I have always found this question to be the most difficult to answer. I think it is unanswerable. No matter what someone's response is the words are never enough, there isn't anything any human being can say that is going to make it all make sense. I typically am never at a loss for words but I can't seem to find any tonight. So I decided to get up and write, since it has been so long since I did so, and it always seems to help me when I am struggling. To my friend J, my heart aches for you and your family. Your loss is greater than anything a person should ever have to deal with. Know that you are not alone. You are surrounded by friends and family that love you, and your girls, and are going to be there to hold you up, to wrap their arms around you, and give you their shoulders to cry on. H, you will be missed by many but your memory will live on forever.
I hugged my daughter a little extra hard tonight and I am sure the next time she sets out on her own in one of our vehicles I will worry a little more than usual. If you are reading this, hug your kids tight, let them know you love them no matter what. Life is too short and you never know what tomorrow holds. Be safe my friends.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Today is Senior Night/Parent Night. For the seniors tonight will be the last time that they take to their home court to play the game they love. It is always with mixed emotions that I prepare for the final regular season game and today is no different. The 7 girls that I have had on Varsity and the 3 that played down so we could have a JV will always have a special place in my heart. They are 10 of the girls that helped me start my career as a Varsity Girls Basketball coach. I have gotten to know most of these girls pretty well and love each of them as if they were my own kids. Tonight will be emotional for me but especially for them. Whether we win or lose I know that these girls are going to give it their all tonight and will be able to walk off the court proud of all that they have accomplished. They are a very unique and special group. I am going to miss them. They have come so far this year and I wish I had them all for at least one more year. Now a little message for the Lady Wolverines:
Ladies - leave it all on the court tonight, no excuses, no regrets!
It has been my privilege and honor to be your coach this year and you will all have a special place in my heart forever. Tonight ends a chapter for us but tomorrow we start the next chapter and prepare for the tournament. I want you to know how proud I am of each and every one of you.
We are 1!