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Looking for the Lights


Another night of Texas football.  A huge storm rolled through Texas today, hitting a large portion of the state.  The beginning of the game had a nice cool breeze, but I was drenched by the fourth quarter.  I remained a loyal fan even though our JV lost 26-0.  I still love the Panthers!

I try to make it to most of the games.  I haven’t missed any so far, though that might be more due to my lack of employment and abundance of free time.  I like being able to support Sam and his team.  Since Maypearl is a 2A school, most of the towns they play against have less than 1,000 people.  It feels like the whole town shows up to the games to support the boys.  It creates a great atmosphere of camaraderie.

When I’m looking up directions to these tiny towns no one has ever heard of, all I have to do is get directions to the town in general.  No need to look up directions to the stadium.  The towns are always small enough that it’s easy to know where to go.  All I have to do is follow the traffic and look for the lights.

I feel like that’s where I am in life right now: looking for the lights.  I’m in the town, I’ve got the motivation.  I’m not lost… I know what I’m looking for.  I know what’s waiting for me.  Something bright.

As I was sitting there tonight, huddled under an umbrella as my leather flats slowly filled up with water, I tried not to think about what’s in store in the future.  Tonight, the air was cold and clean.  A shower blew in from the west and washed everything.  Nothing is certain right now.  I don’t even know if I’ll have a job by Christmas, and if I do, I imagine it won’t be any improvement over jobs I had in high school.  It’s frustrating to think that the kids I was sitting next to in the stands might have more luck at getting a job than me.

Tonight, Sam and I are huddled under a warm blanket on the couch watching The Big Bang Theory and laughing at Sheldon.  Our clothes are drying and I’m comfy in Sam’s hoodie he got in Salamanca, Spain when he studied there.  He’s shamelessly beating me in two Words With Friends games.  He’s letting me play with his hair, and it’s just such a wonderful day, even though we overslept this morning and Sam was late for work, even though the game was almost rained out and the team lost, even though I’m still waiting on a job.  The lights are bright and the Revells are doing just fine.

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What’s a “Down” Again?

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!

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