We’ve experienced so much. And maybe — just maybe — we have learned something along the way.
We now know that no matter how invincible and independent our children think they are, they’re not.
We know we need to take advantage of the moments we have because they could quickly become our last.
We learned that good coaches are an endangered species and that, depending on their use, terms like “vote,” “fire” and “beef” also are nasty four-letter words, just more readily accepted.
We’ve seen adulthood doesn’t always bring wisdom. Some still teach their kids that if you don’t get your way, throw a tantrum or threaten a lawsuit instead of coping with disappointment and rejection.
We can see that good coaches are caretakers in the development of our children. They are an extension of parents, who teach discipline while providing added support and guidance in tough situations.
We learned athletes are more universal than ever. They are competitors on the field and friends off of it. When there is a tragedy, they all hurt — no matter what color they wear.
And because of that, we realize there is a brotherhood (and sisterhood) among the members of teams.
Young athletes are calling their teammates “family.” For some, it’s that bond of brotherhood that comes from sacrifice.
For others, it’s the only family they have.
That bond is the driving force behind Williamsport’s baseball team.
Colliflower’s initials and No. 6 are constant reminders to the Wildcats to put aside individual agendas to complete a journey of purpose.
“In the last two weeks, we have been through a lot, but we are laying it all on the line for Brendon and his family,” Williamsport’s Zach Lucas said.
On Friday, Williamsport won its second straight region championship. They celebrated the moment — those 60 seconds — but they remembered why it was important.
They asked Colliflower’s parents to come out and join the celebration. Amid the joy and tears, Williamsport’s seniors took turns hugging the Colliflowers, reaffirming their convictions.
“It’s been a fairy-tale story,” Warrenfeltz said. “We are just enjoying our time together every day and doing everything we can to keep the season alive.”
No matter what happens, the Wildcats have, at most, two games left this season.
Williamsport will have reached a final destination, but the journey it traveled and the lessons it learned might be remembered longer than the outcome.
That’s because the journey is the steps you take to reach a destination.
The report on this book will always be tough to summarize.
Bob Parasiliti is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-791-7358 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parasiliti: Wildcats' journey far from ordinary
Bob Parasiliti (Joe Crocetta / April 15, 2012)