Saturday, February 18, 2012

Broken Hearted

 Today was such a difficult day. There were great victories and heart wrenching defeats.

Today I watched my oldest son and several of his teammates wrestle the last matches of their high school career and it was devastating.  

I've watched these boys go from awkward, terrified freshmen wrestlers to strong, confident young men. They are an amazing group of young men, so there for each other with support whether they win or lose. But today was particularly difficult as we had four seniors that will not be going to the state wrestling tournament. Some of them made it last year and got so close this year, but just didn't quite get there. 

It breaks a mama's heart to see these boys so crushed. To know how hard they worked and hoped and dreamed.  To watch "E" kiss his fingers then touch the mat one last time.  To watch them struggle with their pride and their tears and have to hold back your own because it would just make it harder for them to keep their heads up if they saw you crying for them.

"From long hair and little weights." They've come a long way and I'm so very proud.  Ride hard and rest easy.


  1. Wow, what an emotional day for you all! All these experiences make us who we are and all we have to do is make sure we learn from them and take the best of it with us to walk the high road.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. I'm so sorry for all of you! I know that heartache and my heart is heavy for you! I hope your son and his friends, while not winning, are at peace with themselves knowing they did their best and that is all that can be asked.

  3. oh goodness, I don't know how you did it without crying. What an emotional ride that must have been for those young men, and you! Are they going to have any kind of get together to celebrate what they have done together thus far? I'm sorry if I've asked and you've answered before, but I'm drawing a blank- is your son going to continue with wrestling in college?

  4. Oh, what a weekend for you. Well I have not experienced that heartache yet with my little one, I know the time will come. Sounds like both you and the "boys" handled it well.

    A celebration would be a wonderful idea. I am sure there are many wonderful memories to be shared as they celebrate the successes of the last four years.

    Hugs to all.

  5. This mama is in tears. And has goose bumps. I feel for you. You have so much to be proud of, state or not. I read your stories and I picture how my life will be in the years to come. I know the emotions with this sport and how hard the boys work for that ultimate goal. That final time on the mat will be remembered by you all. Thanks for sharing. And congrats to your son for giving it his all for the last four years. He never gave up. And that's a victory in itself.

  6. Oh goodness... even though every cliche about winning & losing is true, it doesn't make it any easier when you are in that moment of heartache. As a mom, you have that wisdom & life experience to know that so much good will come out of this experience later down the road. But you also remember how much it hurts while you are breathing & struggling through the disappointment.