As we walked across the field last night before the game, I was happy and excited. I wasn't emotional like I thought I would be. As they announced our family and as we shook hands with the principal & superintendent, the reality of the night didn't really sink in. I was so nervous about the outcome of the game that my brain couldn't go "there".
It couldn't go to that place of "this is the end, he's all grown up". It couldn't think about his days of playing high school football coming to an end. It just couldn't go "there". Not just yet. It's like a wall was put up around my emotions and all I could feel was excitement and pride for my son. As the principal shook my hand and told me "You have a fine young man", that pride grew a little bigger. As I heard the superintendent congratulate Christian and honor him, that pride grew even bigger. As I looked out at the stands and saw so many friends & family who love and support my son, I felt like my heart would burst with pride.
But a funny thing happened in the fourth quarter of the game. The wall around my emotions began to come down. The reality of "Senior Night" hit me and I felt this wave of emotion come flooding in. As I watched my son play one of the toughest games of his life with so much heart and passion, I felt the tears of joy and tears of sadness begin to roll down my cheeks. I thought my heart would literally burst with love and pride for this young man that I'm so privileged to call my son.
As the game ended, I watched him fall to his knees, raise both his hands in the air and let out a victory yell. He had given everything he had through that entire game...EVERYTHING.....physically and emotionally. He left everything out on that field. When he came up to his dad after the game, he hugged him so tightly and through his tears he said "We did it Dad. We won."
That win was a very sweet victory for Christian and the entire city of Tipp.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.