My volleyball team and I ended our season last weekend at the regional tournament in Columbus. We did fairly well, I think. The weirdest thing came Monday when I didn't have practice. I had been spending time with "my" kids three times a week for the last five months, so naturally it's pretty weird when you suddenly go cold turkey.
Coaching club volleyball is so odd because you really get to know your kids in a way that you can't coaching other things. Being about ten years older than they are, I'm at an age where I can still be their friends without being too much of a parent-type, so it falls somewhere between older sibling and authority figure. I really value having that kind of impact and relationship with the kids.
So now we transition to the summer season, which means lots of cooking outdoors, amusement parks and hopefully many good times. It's so odd because you're almost removed from one world and put into another. Now that I've met dozens of people and made friends in the coaster community, it's like flipping a switch. My kids are off, the enthusiasts on. It's really strange.
Fortunately, being married means that you've got at least one common constant there, and I'm thankful for that. With all the weirdness in the last year, Stephanie has always been there, and even when I crave changes and forward motion, I can't imagine life without her.
So here we go... on to new things again. Summer goals include lots of coaster riding, the completion of some of my software and a party to end all parties, luau style. Hey, getting one tied on now and then is good for you. I've only done it twice since November, so I think I deserve it!
Here's to the summer of 2002!