Sarah has been with the same soccer coach for 4 years now, since first grade. Coach K is amazing and incredible. She makes the girls work hard, teaches them to be respectful of each other and fellow competitors as well as respect for the game. She is the type of role model we can only hope for our young girls to have.
On the way to her soccer game Friday night Sarah said “I am going to play with Coach K forever”. I had to hide my tears from her. That same morning we had gotten an email from the coach apologizing profusely because she had to step down as their coach. In simple terms, life was getting in the way.
I by no means blame her. She works full-time and is in graduate school. She also volunteers her time to these girls and is not compensated in any manner. The gift card we give her at the end of each season doesn’t even begin to properly express our gratitude.
She has asked us not to tell the girls yet and I will respect her wishes. I don’t even know how to explain it to Sarah, she will take it hard.
I try to teach my kids to be adaptable. I want them to get along with all coaches and teachers. I don’t want them to have favorites and I don’t want them to talk about teachers and coaches in terms of mean, bad, hard, easy. I think everyone who coaches and teaches our children has something positive to offer, we need to learn to deal with everyone and having someone new step in can always be a positive.
Except in the case of Coach K. She was supposed to be there forever. Change is good. Right?