Day 2 of the 30 in 30 Thankfulness challenge and today I am grateful to be a Warrior football Mom.
I didn’t start out being a sports Mom. As a matter of fact as much as I encouraged Elijah to play football in middle school I secretly was happy each year he said no. I didn’t want to see him get hurt, he was a bit shy and he wasn’t truly an aggressive kind of personality so I thought he would end up disappointed when he came head to head with that challenge. Well, along came the summer before he started his freshman year and he said “hey, Mom, I’m going to play football” and my heart sank. Great, now I have to be here and be there and sit and wait and travel to games and sit out in the cold and he will get hurt and he will be disappointed as he is not very athletic and ugh my whole life is going change now… ya, that really is how it went in my head. Outside I was happy for him, but inside I struggled with it.
Well, I will be the first to say that by the time that summer was over and he hit the field for the very first time under those lights, Elijah was not the same boy. He had slimmed down, he carried himself differently with a TON of confidence, he had made some amazing new friends and he was committed to the game and to his team. His grades were better and he didn’t want to take days off of school any more. I was in awe of the boy that stood in front of me. I won’t say I traveled to away games and that sitting and waiting each day in that back parking lot to pick him up was a lot of fun, but I did it and it was a great way for us to connect. Each day brought new stories, things for him to feel good about and others not so good but he shared them all in that 2 minute ride home. Most days I would just listen and when he got out of the car I would either just smile and know that he was becoming more sure of himself and he was beginning to learn to fly.
Fast forward 3 more years and this is Elijah’s Senior year and I willingly picked him up and brought him where ever he needed to be these last 3 years, I have gone to every single game and also volunteered in the snack shack, sold his Warrior cards, stood in the cold, and watched my boy grow into an athlete that is confident, caring, committed, enthusiastic and more importantly a leader. I am grateful he chose to be a Warrior and that he dragged me along for the ride in the beginning and then let me stand with him the rest of the way, This year is bittersweet as it’s coming to an end, but I will never forget all the memories (including the smelly car rides home) and the pride watching him take that field for every game. It’s been a joy to be a part of I am so thankful to be a football Mom to Warrior that his team mates look up to, count on and respect.
I am very proud of you Elijah for all you have accomplished these 4 years of playing football. You took on a challenge and never swayed from the course and ALWAYS showed up even when you were hurt. You encouraged others to try harder and play with all their heart. If you weren’t on the field giving it your all, you were on the sidelines yelling for your teammates and asking others to do the same. You are a Warrior in every sense of the word and you have worn the #67 with pride, honor, courage and heart. It’s been a great time being a football Mom with #67 “Boss”.