I’m a brand new coach’s wife. When Sam was applying for teaching jobs this summer, he never thought he’d be coaching. Unlike most coaches, Sam was initially more interested in teaching and wasn’t actively seeking a coaching position. When he showed up for the interview at Maypearl High School, he quickly found out that the position would require him to coach football, basketball, and track. It’s been an adventure as he’s stumbled into unfamiliar territory, but so far he’s had a ton of fun coaching football.
The Panthers won their first varsity game in two years last Friday! It was great to see the boys so pumped up and excited about their win. The entire coaching staff deserves a big congratulations for taking the boys to the next level so soon in the season. I’m so thankful Sam has such supportive and encouraging co-workers. Of course, his first year of teaching will be (and already has been) a huge challenge, but he’s in a great environment to get on his feet.
I’m still looking for a job, and nothing has come up so far. I keep hitting a lot of dead ends. I have to admit, it’s hard to see Sam come home from a long, exhausting day of work knowing I haven’t done anything to contribute to our family funds that day. I’m trying to be patient and not feel guilty. I know the right job will come along when the time is right.
In my spare time, I’ve been exercising, cooking, and trying to learn something about football so I don’t feel like a complete idiot at Sam’s games. Honestly, I attended maybe three football games in high school, two in college, and one arena football game that my brother-in-law played in. Each game, I just went with the “cheer-when-everyone-else-does” method. Unfortunately, now that I’m attending a couple of football games a week, that method isn’t really cutting it anymore. It’s pretty embarrassing (and, frankly, slightly scary) to accidentally cheer for the wrong team at a small-town-Texas Friday night football game.
So, I’m expanding my vocabulary. I know how many quarters there are and… um… Okay, I’m still working on it! I kind of understand what a down is, but I don’t get how the points work (how come sometimes a touchdown is six points and sometimes it’s eight?). I have a lot of trouble keeping up with where the ball is (could they maybe make it bright orange?). But, I love the team and I really love one of the assistant coaches. I guess all the other pieces will fall into place with a little more Wikipedia research. Go Panthers!