Yes, he seems so small. Yes, his practice jersey is huge on him. Yes, the thought of possible injury makes me quake a bit on the inside. Yes, it’s one more step in holding him loosely.
But, y’all, the sheer joy on his face when he bolts through the door after practice warms this Mama’s heart.
He is doing what he loves, and it is beautiful.
Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work,
sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority. (~Vince Lombardi)
I am delighted to have you play football.
I believe in rough, manly sports.
But I do not believe in them
if they degenerate into the sole end of any one’s existence.
I don’t want you to sacrifice standing well in your studies to any over-athleticism;
and I need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more
than either intellect or body in winning success in life.
(~Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to His Children)