When your husband is a coach you hear different stories. The ones not in the social media videos. The ones that don’t make the articles. The stories aren’t always flashy. They don’t always have a happy ending or make for a great sound bite. Sometimes they’re tough to hear.
Some stories are so hard they take a little bit of you with them, but it’s also why you are able to root for these young men on a different level.
You help with homework and bake birthday cakes. You save leftovers at Christmas and Thanksgiving. You learn names and nicknames and hear jokes you wish you hadn’t. You stand in for parents who are dying to be there, but can’t because of a Visa—card or work. You keep up after they graduate. Whether they’re going on to play in college or on the other side of the world.
You get a glimpse behind the curtain.
And so you cheer a little louder. Your prayers get a little longer. Because while some are just entertained—you are invested. Not in the job, but in the people. In the lives of young men just starting out, some of them with the weight of the world on their shoulders.
It’s a game that isn’t a game. It’s a game that saved my husband’s life, and it is hard not to see little bits of him in all the players he coaches.
It’s even harder not to love them, too.
Liza Dora's picture books celebrate the magic and wonder of childhood in everyday lessons. Championing kindness, bravery, and compassion—there's something for any and every one.
Great for birthdays, baby showers, and early readers.