Today is the day. The last day of basketball games for this season. My son’s Special Olympics team has played well this year and earned their spot on the state bracket. Whether they win today’s games or not, just getting here is quite an achievement.
So here we are, traveling toward the state’s capital city on a bright, hopeful Saturday morning. Each of us quiet, lost in our own thoughts while gazing out the window at the scenery as we pass by. If my son is nervous, he doesn’t show it.
I will miss basketball season. The games, the people, and the celebration of achievements great and small. My son has been involved with Special Olympics for 29 years. Each year I learn and grow from experiencing the commitment, determination, work ethic, sportsmanship, and joyful attitude the athletes, coaches, and family members bring to the sport. Yes, I will definitely miss Saturdays in this supportive and caring community and definitely look forward to next season when we get to do it all over again.