I haven't done a "Five Things" post in a long time, but I had some good "things" for it this week and I'm caught up with blogging, so here we go!
1. This is an e-mail that John's wrestling coach received this past week. It makes me even more proud of him and the team than their successes on the mat. And it was so kind of this woman to write this e-mail to the coach. A mom from the team shared it to one of my town's Facebook pages and it got hundreds of likes. This really has made my week!
The coaches wanted to share this will of you because we could not have been prouder of the young men in our program after reading this. They acted not because eyes were on them, but because they are genuinely great people. Truly, as we head into postseason, we thought this was important to share because we are always prouder of the team's accomplishments as humans than anything else.Good Morning Coach Nelson:I just wanted to make you aware of an incident involving your wrestling team that occurred this Saturday at the APEX center in Marlborough.My husband and I brought our three grandchildren (18 mos., 6 and 12 yo) bowling on Saturday afternoon and were placed next to members of the wrestling team. Though there were a number of them, each young man personified respect, courteousness, tolerance and most importantly, kindness. I cannot say enough about how impressed we were with their behavior towards each other and those around them. One young man in particular stopped in the middle of his turn so he could show us how to set up the game (we’re definitely of a different generation), explain the differences in ball weights and made sure we were all set before he returned to his game. No one complained, no one made fun of our ignorance and not a single eye roll was seen.I understand how quickly we are to complain or draw attention to negative behaviors in our youth but I think it is equally important to praise and celebrate when we see them act and behave in ways that showcase their inherent goodness. I’m sure you already know what a great group of young men you have on your team but I wanted you to know that strangers also see and appreciate them because manners matter, respect matters and above all, kindness matters.
- "The worst thing a divorce does to a person isn't that it makes all the time you devoted to the relationship feel wasted, but that it steals all the plans you had for the future." ✔
- "...humor is the soul's last line of defense, and as long as we're laughing we're alive, so bad puns and fart jokes were their way of expressing their defiance against despair."