I didn't grow up around the sport, neither did Monte. We are as green as the boys... We are, however, finding out that the sport has a die-hard following. People love it or hate it. There doesn't seem to be room for the wishy-washy type.
As a result, I'm finding myself mat-side most weekends...
We wanted to give the boys an opportunity to learn through sports, but this season, I think I'm learning as much as they are.
I'm learning that Benett is tougher than I thought he was.
I'm learning that Gavin's isn't as carefree as I thought he was.
I'm learning that it's not easy to see one child show up at a meet and run through his bracket, with a gigantic smile on his face... while the other gives his all only to walk off the mat defeated and in tears.
I'm learning that I'm more competitive than I perceived myself to be.
I'm learning that a mother's love is fierce in ways I didn't understand before.
Today was two sides of a single coin. Two lessons learned and one mother who is glad to have been there to hold their hands no matter what the outcome.