I know that as a coaching family we have been very blessed and even lucky to have been in the same school district since Jason graduated from college. We have been Coyotes for 10 seasons. These boys are our family and they are H’s older brothers. We share their joys and their sadness.
Jason started teaching in Alice in 2003. H was only 2. The coaches that have remained on staff have watched her grow up and the others that have moved on, we’ve kept up with through Facebook and Christmas cards. Every year our number of Christmas cards increases to keep up with coaches that have moved on to other schools.
Coaches and their wives create a family with other coaching families because there aren’t too many others that understand our lives. Our husbands work 6-7 days a week and spend time with other people’s kids and barely have time for their own children. They are subject to comments from the “bleacher coaches” who think they know more than the coaches on the field or in the pressbox. If they have a losing season, they have to worry whether or not they will still have a job for the next season.
One wife that I follow, her husband was fired on Monday. Now she’s pregnant and packing up her house wondering where there will go. Even though there is nothing I can do for her situation, I can provide moral support and pass along job openings that I know of. Hopefully, our community of wives will help them find something quickly.
I’m thankful every day for the community of wives that I have had the pleasure of getting to know. At least there’s always someone to commiserate with.