Double Shot is a Red Shirt on his college football team. For those unfamiliar with the college football world that means that he is part of the team but can only practice this year which will make him eligible to play the next four years... which also means he has 5 years to complete his bachelors degree. Colleges do this so that they can hold on to those kids that they see potential in but want more time to develop in skill and size.
Double Shot is on the Scout Team which is used each week to prepare the starters for games. Every Sunday night they have a meeting and one kid is named Scout Player of the Week. This is the only formal type of recognition Scouts can get and Double Shot has been wanting to be named Scout Player of the Week... BAD. He has been doing really well in practices playing several different positions. There have been a couple weeks where he was sure he was getting it... and didn't.
By the way, Double Shot is getting EXCELLENT grades!!! In fact, he got 101 on one of his midterms.
Anyway, we usually get a call from him on Sunday night to tell us he didn't get Scout Player of the Week. Tonight that call did not come. So I texted him.
Me: Victories that come easy never compare to those truly fought for. Keep doing your best. You are in God's weight training program and the muscle you are building is in your character. It hurts but in the end you will be stronger. You are a great football player but that is just a gift... How does God want you to use it?
Double Shot: Is that a quote?
Me: LOL! No it isn't a quote. It's straight from your Mama's heart. But you can quote me!
Double Shot: haha okay. :) and of course i didn't get it again. and i deserved it again
Me: You are always my Scout Player of the Week!
Double Shot: geee thanks :p haha
Me: And you are the most handsome boy ever!
Double Shot: i have *friend who is playing football for another college* thinking about coming here. i always help my football team and get no glory. i might as well play o line. haha
Me: Sometimes we have to be content just knowing what our place really is. Also, it is often those overlooked that have the most influence. Glory can be a twisted thing that can destroy a person. Don't wish for it.
Me: Let the recognition you seek be your place on the team. Remember you have not been overlooked entirely.
Double Shot: my place is on the field. i know im not full of it. i have been playing really good
Me: Dang. I should like totally write these texts down. I am rockin' the sage Mom advice tonight! You should like totally listen to me!
Double Shot: haha. do it! make a blog of wise mom quotes or something
Me: Double Shot... You are a football player. From even before we let you start playing at ten. YOU WILL TAKE THAT FIELD. Just don't know when...
Double Shot: better be next year. haha i am good enough. it is freaking d2. i could play now.
Me: Oy. Battery dying. LOVE YOU TONS!!
Double Shot: where you at?
Double Shot: plug it in then! haha
Me: Gotta go clean the kitchen. Booper says he misses you and that he hates that Fat Beast Browny that gets to go wherever he wants and gets ginormo blobs of peanut butter.
Double Shot: hahahahahahaha