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From My View For May 11

By Staff | May 11, 2016

The thrill of victory and agony of defeat was on hand all over the area last week, as the WVSSAC softball sectionals were in full force as well as some final regular season baseball games and OVAC track meets.

You know it’s always hard on someone that is passionate about winning and losing. You work so hard to get to this part of the season, and the coaches pray that their coaching and support to the kids will do their best. Sometimes their best isn’t always enough as there is another team that is working just as hard to win.

Someone has to win and someone has to lose, and that’s the same in life as it is in play. However, what got me thinking about this topic was shown on both teams that I was umpiring in a softball sectional championship between Tyler Consolidated and St. Marys.

It was a good game as it went into extra innings. Neither team wanted to lose, and both teams did things on the field and at the plate to get the win and advance.

To shorten the story a bit, Tyler won it in the eighth, and to see all the girls excited to have won a sectional championship was one that they will cherish forever.

I saw the emotion drained from the Tyler head coach and her staff, as well as girls falling on their knees in jubilation, as well as being drained because they gave all they had and then some to get to this part of the season.

Sammi Livingston, the TCHS head coach, was so happy and full of emotion that the St. Marys Head Coach John Mikes gave her a hug, and gave her words of wisdom, as he was in the same way in years past and gave her encouraging words for her and her team. It was priceless!

The players all gave each other hugs and good wishes after the game from both sides, and sportsmanship after a hard-fought game was something everyone in attendance will remember forever. I know I will.

With Mother’s Day just ending, remember you don’t have to celebrate mothers one day a year. You can celebrate it year around. My mother is still with us and she is as healthy as a horse. I see her more now that she is living close to me and my siblings since she moved from Cameron.

My mother is beautiful and just full of life. My brother, sister, and I couldn’t be happier. Cherish the time with your mother, you don’t know when your life will end. Be ready with the Lord as many young people have passed away recently and no words written or said will bring them back.

Not only be right with God, but be right with your parents, grandparents, and guardians. Cease the moment and have a Mother’s Day and Father’s Day every day, or at least as much as you can. We all have things we do every day – work, work and more work, while trying to be a good father and mother to your own family. You don’t always have time every day.

Kids, remember to cherish the times, good and bad, but always remember your parents, and try to keep in touch, even if they don’t.

I know that when you work full time in a place that you give everything you have, you get drained and don’t have the time you once did. It’s okay, most mothers and fathers understand, because it happened to them, too.

But, mom and dads remember that even though your kids don’t call and come see you as much because of their schedules and being with their family’s too, you can still call them.

Life is not easy, but you can only do what you can. But always remember, friends come and they go, but family will always be there.

Now with that being said, good luck to the remaining high school teams still competing in track, softball and baseball. Please keep sending in your stats and pictures of these events and I will try to be there when I can because you are my family, too. I will always be there for you when I can.