In the end, we came up just a little short.
Today Taylor’s hockey team played in the championship game for the season. She was playing in goal, and against a much stronger team, she held them off for almost 2 periods. Save after save, breakaway after breakaway, I have never heard such loud cheers from the stands after every save she made. As her proud Dad and one of her team’s coaches, I didn’t think my heart was going to make it to the end of the game! At one point even the referee skated by our bench and said, “Wow, that’s some good goal tending!” For a moment it looked like David was going to slain Goliath and pull off the big upset.
At the end, despite everyone on our team’s best efforts, the other team finally broke through and took the lead. When the final buzzer sounded, Taylor dropped to her knees and cried. Then the most amazing thing happened. Our whole team threw away their sticks, dropped to their knees around Taylor, giving her a giant group hug.
The tears were quickly replaced by smiles and giggles as the girls were presented with their silver medals (and pizza!) in the post game ceremony. Taylor was named Most Sportsman Like Player for her team. I was so proud of her! Afterwards when we were driving home, Taylor said to me, “Even though we lost, I am happy because our team learned to support each other.”
Sometimes, losing shows us things than we never learn to see when we are winning, 🙂