April 5, 2012
Home is Where the Heart Is
Thursday, April 5, 2012
After quick bus trips to
When we are really at home, it feels a bit foreign during the season. Brooke says that even when I’m home, I’m not really there. As much as we try to be present in the moment, the season can take on a life of its own, and what I call the “re-entry phase” can be difficult. Oftentimes, I don’t recognize my own family.
For instance, after the
When she composed herself, Brooke said that he was quoting Heidi Klum from Project Runway, a fashion show on Bravo. With me gone, there wasn’t much March Madness on the t.v. in the family room. Brooke and ten-year-old Tess controlled the remote and Charlie was an innocent victim. It suddenly made sense as to why eight-year-old Hank was spending overnights and weekends at his buddy, Luke Strole’s house. Luke has an older brother, several pre-adolescent boys as neighbors, red meat on the table at dinner often, and a full basketball court in his backyard. As an eight-year-old, he couldn’t control the remote, but Hank could control being more remote. He escaped the estrogen-fest. Poor Chick, he didn’t know any better, and had nowhere to go.
On the way home from practice a week ago, I treated Hank and Luke to a Shady Glen cheeseburger. At the table across from us, I kept catching a woman stealing glances at our party. When I got up to pay the check, she called me over and asked if I was Jim Penders. When she spoke, I recognized her right away. She was a little grayer, but characteristically dressed to the nines, and bright-eyed. Mrs. Drake, my fifth grade teacher got a big hug from the kid she encouraged to write back at
It is opening day for the Pirates here today. I took my morning run around the beautiful
One of those former Huskies is staying in
As long as he wants to, he will become a great coach. The path might be a little different, but Tim will still make it to the big leagues one day. Just like Mrs. Drake, and apparently Heidi Klum, he’s going to have an influence. I bet as he begins this new quest in teaching, no matter how far his travels take him, he’s going to find himself right at home.