We are exactly 2 weeks away from the start of basketball season and I can hardly think about anything else!
Did you see how I just jumped right back in there, like I have not been on a blogging hiatus for 4 months now! Yep, daily chaos, summertime fun, school starting back, a jury trial and writers’ block have gotten the best of me this summer (and fall)! It isn’t as though I haven’t thought about blogging…I think about it all the time. I write down ideas and quotes I like and think would make a good post; I carried my computer with me on vacation and while Elle was at basketball camp but this past summer I decided I just couldn’t write about it, I had to live it! Unfortunately, Team Gunter also dealt with a bit of heartbreak this summer which may have added to my lack of blogging – if you can’t say anything nice…yada yada yada! But anywho, I am back at it now and just in time for my favorite time of the year…BASKETBALL SEASON!!
Why do I love basketball season so much…let me count the ways!
- I love the sounds, sights, smells and feeling I get from being in the gym. Yes, I said smells! It takes me to a more peaceful place. I learned in college that there were not many problems that God and I couldn’t work out while in a gym alone with a basketball and prayers!
- I love to see my daughter and players putting in the work to achieve their goals. In today’s world our kids expect to simply have things handed to them; if I leave my players with anything, I hope that one of the lessons they learn is that nothing good in life is ever free and that they can accomplish any goal they set their minds to as long as they are willing to put in the WORK! So, I ask them to keep a notebook to show me what extra work they have put in during their free time and in the summer. I also want them to be writing down their goals and keeping them in sight as they progress down that path! I had the pleasure of reading a devotional by Crystal Stine called Holy Hustle, based upon her book by the same name. In the passage she discusses that God intended the work before us and therefore we should do it as if working for the Lord and give him the glory! It made me ponder about doing a better job of serving the Lord in all three of my professions: criminal defense attorney, part-time basketball coach and Mom; not simply just going through the motions for a paycheck or March! Ouch and Amen! (P.S. I ordered the book! I can’t wait for it to arrive!)
- I love seeing the Sisterhood come together! I started coaching basketball at the local middle school and junior varsity level five years ago. We had a blast that first season; the players were relaxed without distractions, they trusted each other and me and we had very successful seasons! Once my little 8th graders got to high school and influenced by the older girls and lost focus, life wasn’t always so easy. We have had many highs and lows in the last 4 seasons but this year…the feeling is already different in the gym during pre-season workouts…they are focused, positive, having fun and trusting each other and me like never before…they are developing into not just a team but a Sisterhood! When I was in college and one of my teammates or I would be asked to join a sorority during fall rush an upperclassman teammate of mine, Brooke, would always quickly chime in that we were already in a sorority and our induction process was far worse than any hazing the sorority sisters could cook up. We ran together, lived together, ate together, rode buses at all hours of the night together, endured injuries, heart-brakes, milestones, wins and losses together. She was right, this was the closest thing sisterhood I could imagine. Now that college is well in my rear-view mirror I still love and miss my teammates dearly, and have a complete desire for my daughter and the players that I have had the pleasure of coaching for the last 5 years to experience this type of relationship, one relatively few women their age get to understand…the sisterhood of teammates.