My town is grieving. Again. We lost one of the good guys. The really, really good guys who makes you want to be a better person every single day.
You know those dads. The ones that don’t seem to have a job? They’re everywhere: coaching, open house, clinics, dance recitals. Football fields, lacrosse games, art shows. They not only have time for their own kids, but they make time for everyone else’s as well. Everybody knows his face, few know him more than “Coach,” and his family and friends know and love him inside and out.
His own kids may be a talents of their own rite, but he makes your kid feel like a rock star. Even though he sucks. Even though she screwed up … even though. That booming voice across the field inspires athleticism and laughter. Confidence and humility. Never shame. Never remorse. Never fear. Not ever.
We lost a good one this week. A tragedy that extends past his own family and seeps into ours.
Hug ’em up. All those Dads out there. And Dads? Get on a field or concert hall or scout troop someplace. Be a hero to your own kid and others. Be big and be kind. And know by loving up all the kids, they’ll grow up and remember. And they’ll want to be just like you.
SO, SO, SO, incredibly Sad
Crying again – we lost a really really good one this week.
There is a huge hole in our hearts and our town is at loss for words. Chris, we do not know how to go on without you.
Thank you for your beautiful words.
So true. We are heatbroken but better for having had Chris in our lives.
I didn’t know Chris personally however, my son did. I can’t think of a better way to honor the enthusiasm and love for life that he passed on to the kids than for all the football boys and cheerleaders to go out Sunday and play their hearts out in honor of one of their coaches. Thoughts and prayers with his family.
Michelle Saunderson says
Sorry to hear about such a loss.
Kathy (p/t writer, f/t mom) says
Thx people. Thanks for recognizing this guy and his contributions to our town.