Sunday, December 23, 2007

Her Girls

She pulled into the dark parking lot and parked her car. She got out, helped her little girl with her toys, grabbed hold of her daughter's hand and walked quickly towards the gym.

It was a cold night.

When she entered the gym, the warm, stagnate air hit her in the face. She stepped inside and left the cold and the darkness behind her as the heavy door slammed shut.

Making her way through the crowds, she found a seat in the bleachers. She took off her jacket, helped her daughter get out her coloring book and crayons, looked around and smiled casually at the other parents and then turned toward the court and waited for the game to begin.

The basketball players were on the court, warming up.

She caught the attention of one of her daughters and waved. Her daughter smiled. And then she met eyes with her other daughter and she smiled as well.

The girls were ready.

The mother was anxious.

The buzzer sounded loudly, high on the cinder block wall and ... the game began.

The mother watched and cheered. She clapped her hands and yelled as loudly as she could possibly yell. She even put her fingers to her mouth and whistled. She hushed her little daughter when her daughter complained that she was being to loud. The woman was not alone in the gym, but she felt only her own joy and excitement.

And then ... the mother suddenly began to lose sight of the game. Her eyes were on the ball and the score board and on the players ... but her thoughts began to wander.




Her vision became blurred and all noise became muffled and the motion of the crowds and players, slowed ... as if a dream.








She was still very aware, only it was not of scores or passes or shots. It was not of rebounds or fouls or offensive plays. What she could see ... the only thing she could suddenly see was ... her girls.















She watched as they picked up their feet and they ... ran with all of their might.

She watched as they leaped high into the air and ... they soared like birds on the wind.

She watched as they would fall to the ground and then manage to ... rise up again.

















She watched their quick feet and their strong arms and the gallant strides of their muscular legs.

She admired their steady hands and able bodies and their stoic faces ... oh, their beautiful faces.












She saw how they used their... quick minds.




The woman had gone to the game - to see ... the game.

What she saw ... was her children.

Her daughters.

The twins she had always been so very proud of.

What she felt was ... pride and admiration.

And ... love.

When the game ended, the woman looked across the court and she saw her two girls gathering their things. Before she stepped out of the door, she looked back one last time and her daughters were both looking in her direction - searching for her eyes. She smiled.

The woman was so proud that these two girls were her children - that she had brought these two wonderful girls into the world for all to see ... for all to enjoy ... for all to love. She was so very proud.

42 comments:

Don Mills Diva said...

Oh Kellan that was lovely. It made me feel proud of them too!

Dawn said...

That was a great way of telling the story of your girl's basketball game. Your stories are so heartwarming and sweet, this one made me want to go hug my own girl.

Bren said...

Your story beautifully expresses how proud you are of your girls.

Amy said...

This is a wonderful tribute to your daughters. It makes me wonder what my mom was watching all those years ago at my games. What if she was watching more than a game. What if, like you, she was seeing me and my strengths. That knowledge would of saved me a lot of tears when my mom and I were in conflict with one another.
Your love, admiration and respect for them is obvious. They are fortunate to have you.

Angela said...

So much nicer than just watching a game

Holly said...

What a beautiful tribute to your girls. They sound like remarkable young women!

linds said...

I love the way you wrote this post, and I love all the pictures.

I am so envious of girls who can play basketball. I have never been good at it!

Your girls are lucky to have you.

Shellie said...

That was beeuutifulll!

baby~amore' said...

Kellan - I can only echo - beautiful I am smiling.

multipleblessings said...

That was lovely... It brought tears to my eyes...

Julie

Melissa said...

Your label says it all...Precious Moments!!

Katrina said...

Awww...what a great post! I really understand as I feel the same when I watch Josh play. You just state it so much better than I can. have a wonderful holiday!

Jodi said...

beautiful, beautiful. it's amazing to see them become their own people. sounds like you have much to be proud of.

Anonymous said...

I remember going with Bill to Seguin to watch thempractice. It was great even more than one year ago. Dad

Jen said...

You are killing me! It seems it is no longer possible to read one of your posts without tearing up.

One Scrappy Gal said...

What a sweet and lovely tribute to your twins!! :)

wheelsonthebus said...

Mine are still so little, but that was JUST how I felt during the first school play. You wrote it perfectly.

jen said...

you good mama, you.

kim-d said...

Oh Kellan. Chloe and Courtney. Oh, if you could see the tears in my eyes! And then, to make it even more poignant, I see the "anonymous" comment that is signed "Dad." Awww...

I think your blog should be required reading for all Moms, Moms-to-be, and those who ever were, are, or will be, thinking about becoming Moms.

You make my heart smile with the things you post, even as tears--good tears--fill my eyes. Just beautiful.

Pam said...

I'd comment more...but this had made me tear up a bit and want to go hold tight my own precious children!

You have such a way with words!!

Stacie said...

bravo sweetie...this is a great post!

Karen MEG said...

What a proud mama you are! Your girls, so talented and beautiful, no wonder you're so amazed by them!

Family Adventure said...

My favourite part:

"Before she stepped out of the door, she looked back one last time and her daughters were both looking in her direction - searching for her eyes."

I hope they'll always be searching for your eyes.

Heidi :)

tommie said...

That was so wonderful! It would make me proud as well.

Sharon said...

I look forward to these times with my girl.
And I do remember them with Michael when he was playing football.

Sweet, very sweet.

Crystal said...

Awesome post Kellan. I went to Madeline's first school program last week and I was all teary behind the camera. I am happy to know that feeling won't go away even when she is 15.

Kathryn said...

O, bawl! My eyes are filled with tears. You paint such a wonderful picture, and I can feel the love you have for your girls. Just beautiful!

joan said...

Kellan,

Those really were precious moments. I know your girls knew how proud you were/are of them. So nice.......

Valarie said...

Kellan- When I started reading this post I was like "Yeah! It's one of her 'story' posts!!" I love it when you do these. They are always written so well and are so fluent and you always manage to get your point across. Thanks for sharing with all of us. :)

Jen said...

Very sweet.

I'm excited for my kids to get to the ages when they can do things like that. My DH used to coach HS and as I got to know the players, watching them play was a totally different experience.

jennwa said...

That is a great post. Isn't being a Mom great! All the pride and love we get to feel. There isn't anything better.

pb&j in a bowl said...

"Her daughter smiled. . . other daughter and she smiled as well." Speaks volumes of how great of a mother you are- that your teenage daughters knew that you were there, and smiled because of it.

Eileen said...

What a wonderful post to read tonight! It made me smile. What a proud, happy mom you are to your beautiful girls. I am so glad you shared this with us, the pictures were an added bonus. Such a treat!
XOXO

Anna said...

Lovely!

Andrea said...

Wow. That was incredibe, Kellan. Your kids are so lucky to have such a proud mom.

By the way -- that picture of your kids is fabulous! Thanks for the Christmas wishes, and the same to you and yours.

Merry Christmas!

Nicki said...

Your girls are GORGEOUS! Your family is darling - you have much to be proud of.

Thanks SO much for your sweet comment over at my site Kellan. I've enjoyed getting to know you too, and having you get to know me!

Nicki

Natalie said...

That's a really touching tribute to your daughters! :)

carrie said...

That was so touching Kellan. Your talented girls are lucky to have a mama like you.

patti_cake said...

Beautiful Kellan! That brought tears to my eyes.

Kami said...

What a beautiful post about two beautiful girls by their amazingly talented Momma!

:-)

Michelle O. said...

What a wonderful post!

JCK said...

I loved how you "saw" them and not the game. How lucky they are to have you as their mother. This was a beautiful post.

Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment the other day. I, too, would love to walk over and sit down with you. I'm sure we could chat for hours! We are of an age, aren't we? Makes us all the more intriguing! LOL

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