Saturday, 17 January 2009

David & Goliath

Steven's sorta tall for his age. I'm not even kidding.
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But for whatever reason, our junior team played against the senior team of another school Thursday night, and Steven played toe to toe with this big guy. In our b-ball version of David and Goliath, Goliath's team won.
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The good part came later. Steven's coach always takes time with the team after a game (as all good coaches do) and in this wrap-up talk he reminded the team of the skills camp they have coming up on Sunday. Then he turned to Steven and said, "You probably can't come, right Steve?" to which all Steven had to do was reply, "Right." When Steven told me this before he headed to the locker room, my response was, "That's awesome, isn't it nice you got to do that the easy way? All you had say was 'Right'."
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Steve pretty much agreed. Easy.
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Then, in the parking lot (while I was waiting for Steven to come out of the school) the coach approached me and told me, "If Steven can't come to the skills camp on Sunday, don't worry about it. It won't count against him." With that short interaction, Coach D. has bought my ongoing dedication and loyalty to the basketball team. And the nameless, numerous LDS boys he has coached in the past, that have refrained from Sunday basketball, have my gratitude. Thanks for paving the way guys.

17 comments:

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Go David. . . 'er Steven.

That is great, Barb, and great, too, that you appreciate the ones for paving the way, too. Thanks to David . . . 'er Steven . . . for paving the way for future boys.

Tasha said...

That is so great! Our neighbor's daughter was invited to play club soccer last year and the coach announced last week that they are playing tournaments on Sundays and whoever doesn't play them will be cut from the team.I was so proud of this 9 year old girl, there wasn't even a question in her mind, she would find another team to play for, because she wasn't playing on Sunday.

I am so glad that Steve's coach was so great about it.

Jill said...

This makes me feel a little weepy, it's so inspiring.

Natalie said...

Thank Steven for being such a great role model for Blake. It will undoubtedly make my job as a parent easier with cousins like him (and Ross) for Blake to look up to. (Likewise for the girls, of course!)
xo

cheetah said...

I love that. I just love it!

cheetah said...

I love that. I just love it!

Denise said...

That is very cool. Very, very cool. Very.

Kelly said...

For some reason, this made me weepy. I love this post, and I love your boy.

Amanda L. said...

What is it with the tears tonight? I'm misty eyed too.

There is always a ripple effect when we make decisions. What a great learning experience.

A Happy Heart Blog said...

That is so neat Barb!

Tiffany said...

So wonderful on all levels! That's a great situation to be in! Way to go Steven!

A Happy Heart Blog said...

Barb - Be on the lookout for some goodmail to Chloe from my Nini. She is very excited about sending her mail and becoming a penpal to her! lol, Michelle

Marie said...

That would have won me some serious devotion to that coach. Awesome.

michelle said...

That's awesome! Hooray for boys who came before and paved the way. Hooray for Steven for sticking to his principles and making it easier for others in the future!

April said...

My brain is now spontaneously singing the "Army of Helaman" song.

I love the symbolism in that picture.

Katie A. said...

That's great that the coach knows the kids have other aspects of their lives than just basketball. And way to go, stepping up to those big guys on the court!

Looks like your larger picture worked in the last post--cool picture, cool painting!

Sorry to hear about your foot pain (I did have to smile when you started listing off all of the braces you end up wearing, sorry). I knew a girl who had plantar fasciitis at the police academy--didn't look fun. Good luck!

Jenny said...

What a great feeling. It definitely gets harder as they grow older I know we have had to cross that same bridge in our house a time or two.