Friday, September 12, 2008

They Won Their First Game!

It was a cloudy and drizzly day here in Rankin last night when my little boy played his first Junior High football game! Well, compared to some of the other teams players, he's not that little. But anyway, it was so funny, when he got done with practice and ended up walking up to my work cause he didn't charge his cell phone (it's not that far, but it's the hill's that get ya, good for his legs though) the first thing he told me is "I don't want to play" and I could tell he was just scared 1/2 to death.

I had a box that needed to go out to the car, so I told him to help me take it out there, and then I gave him a pep talk about how I had talked to the Head Coach that morning and how he said that they probably wouldn't even play the 6th graders and how they had just needed the 6th graders to have enough boys to even be able to play this year. And I told him that he was committed to it now and that he had to go because if he didn't and they didn't have enough players, they would forfeit the game, etc. etc. and that the team was counting on him. What made hime feel much better was I said even if he didn't play a single play and the team won, they all are winners! So, when his daddy came to pick him up, he was feeling better.

Now on to the Game!

When he came out with the rest of the team, he kind of stayed back behind everyone or over to one side or the other. I could tell he was SO nervous and trying not to attract any attention so he wouldn't get picked to play. But since Rankin scored a touchdown on their 2nd play and proceeded to get 2 more in the next 10 minutes, the coaches decided to put 6th graders in, as you can see in this picture, as the coaches are pointing at the littlest Red Devils...

The 6th grade Rankin Red Devil players are:

#54-Nathan (my little boy)
and #80 Andrew (he's the son of the tall thin guy with the camera, Hal, the local newspaper editor)

In the second picture they are receiving their instructions from Assistant Coach Gamboa.

Then the 3rd, they are ready to play! Nathan was matched up against the big guy you see over the center.

He did so well his first play! He just grabbed that guy and hung on! It was like watching two rams who butted heads and just kept pushing at each other, neither one budging an inch and not letting the other get around him. Everyone after the game was very impressed with that play and told Nathan what a good job he did! He was so proud of himself!

Here he is up against another big guy, the coaches kept putting him in there against those guys and he kept holding his ground. And #80 Andrew, he surprised everyone too, he kept sneaking around everyone and almost had 2 sacks, the other teams quarterback would really quick throw the ball away to avoid it!

This picture requires a little explaination, the little guy on the other team is about to hand off the ball to the receiver right after the snap, but can you see the difference in size between their guys and our guys. Those are probably 8th graders against our 6th graders, but our guys held their ground and Rankin won 56-7!

After he got to play a few plays and came out for a break, all the bigger guys were slapping his back telling them how well he did and I could tell, he finally felt like part of the team. No more standing behind everyone or off to the side anymore!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Rough week and weekend...

I have to say, it's been a rough week for me. Work was just court after court with tons of filing and paperwork to do, so may have to come in some this week to get it all done, oh well, getting used to that.

But one of the worst things this past week was learning that the father of the family we bought our house from, committed suicide. Boy, that was a shock. There's really no words that I can think of to describe how devestated our little community is by this loss. From everything I knew about him, he was always a happy and involved person in and around wherever he lived, but seems there was another side to him that most people never knew. Anyway, we are all so sorry for his wife and 2 sons left behind and I know that everyone who knows them is thinking of them and keeping them in their prayers.

Now for the second worse thing, my little Snowflake (my little kitty I blogged about before who looks like Skippy John Jones) has gone missing. We were on our way out to the car to the Varsity game on Friday evening, and he ran out. He's gone out before, but only during the day, and it didn't dawn on us that we wouldn't be back till after dark. Well, we came back, looked for him, called for him, and nothing. Looked the next day, still nothing. No sign of an attack, no clues, no tracks, nada, zero, zip. We've heard stories about there being maybe an owl around town that has been attacking and, well, eating small dogs and kittens, but didn't even think that something like that could happen to my little boy, but now we're thinking maybe it did. My hopes of finding him safe and sound are fading very fast.

So, I've been very down all weekend and tonight I get to be one of the hostesses for the Garden Club meeting. I was looking forward to it, until all this happened. I know everyone is going to want to mention the suicide, well, I do live in their former house ya know, but they won't cause they don't know the extent of my families relationship to his, which was really no more than just us buying their house. That's it! But, I know they'll think it was more, cause that's what I had to deal with on Friday night at the football game, everybody wanting to ask, but nobody wanting to be the ones to do it, so, nobody does and they just end up pretending they don't see you in the first place and avoid the whole issue. It must be a small town thing, I guess.

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