From My View For Nov. 30
We all have a lot to be thankful for. I’m thankful for loads of stuff. First, is my family. My wife of 42 years, I’m very thankful for.
She is my rock and best friend; everything I do or think I share with her. If it wasn’t for her, I would never have been able to be a sports writer. You see, as a husband, you are supposed to be the provider of the family. For 30 years I was, but after losing my job as a coal miner, I had to find a different profession, and knowing that I had close calls at work, she went back to school at 40 years of age. To be able to help support us and live a dream to be able to help people, knowing how my father died, it was something most women wouldn’t do.
She builds confidence in me, by building me up in my writing and sports coverage, to be able to cover as much of high school area sports that I can.
Besides my bride, I’m thankful to my three sons, grandchildren and daughters-in-law. However, I’m just as thankful for my brother, sister, and mother, as well as my church family at Steelton Church Of Christ.
I’m also thankful of my co-workers that I have and have had in my 15 years at the Wetzel Chronicle. You know who you are and appreciate everyone.
I’m also thankful for my health, even though I’m slowing down considerably, as well as the health of my family. I’m so happy to have you all in my life. I’m also so thankful for my sister Sheila Estep, and also for my Aunt Joy for taking care of my mother every day.
But as a sports writer, I’m a lucky and blessed man to have friends to help make my job a lot less stressful by taking photos or putting together information and stats for me to write stories.
I get mad sometimes when coaches don’t send me stats to be able to highlight our area athletes, because they really mean so much to me more than words can say. I’m also thankful for being able to coach soccer at Magnolia and to coach girls basketball for a short time at Paden City. I’m also thankful for the opportunity to be able to umpire softball and referee basketball and be the commissioner of grasshopper basketball and little league for many, many years. It was nice to be able to give back.
During my coaching days, I had the pleasure to meet many, many good people. One in particular, Ralph Strippel. He was the very first MHS boys soccer coach. Not only was he a good coach, he was a class act as a person too. My heart aches hearing that he passed away. My son Jeremy and I, as well as many people, are thankful to have known him.
In conclusion, I’m thankful for my readers, as well as all the people I have contact with in doing my job – like the players, coaches, and all the support staff that every team has.
I would like to finish this thanksgiving column with this thought: please try to forgive those who wronged you, and ask forgiveness to those who you have wronged. If I have wronged any of my readers in any way, I’m sorry, and for the people that has wronged myself or any of my family, I forgive you.