I kind of hate derby week.
I especially hate this one.
There is so much going on. So much vitriol (yes, I totally stole that word from Merritt), so much derision, so much…expectation. The hopes of an entire season rest in this one match.
And I won’t be there.
I’ve struggled with this all week. And I think I’m making the right choice. I know I’m making the right choice. A friend, one of my oldest friends, needs some support and I’m choosing her over the derby. I’ve spent a great deal of time trying to figure out how to be in two places at once but, alas, I’m mortal and I’m needed elsewhere.
“You need to be present where you are.” These are the words one of our elders gives to me when I tell him I won’t be at the match. Be present where you are.
And I give them to you with a few more words: unity, togetherness, family. Those, too, are his words.
So be present in the moment. Remember for me every minute of the match, from two hours before to two hours after. Be present and remember.
Be together. Be united. Be strong and loud and proud and confident. Be an Army. Be the Army that raises this club. Again.
The world will try to tell you that soccer (or football or fitba or whatever you choose to call it) games are won on the pitch and not in the stands but I will tell you otherwise. You impact this game. You influence these players. You can change the run of play. You’ve done it before. You will do it again.
Do it for me. Bring me three points and the Cascadia Cup.
September 14, 2012 at 8:09 am
choosing family, even if it is over another sort of kind of “family” is always the right choice. 🙂
September 14, 2012 at 9:30 am
I will root my ass off for you. But not literally. I need my ass. 😉
September 14, 2012 at 10:11 am
You’re obviously a great friend & a noble person. It appears your presense will also be felt througout the TA as well. Hope you can record the game to later watch your family in the stands and your men on the pitch…they will both make you proud.
The best to you and your friend