Friday, July 25, 2008

A coach's wife

My life as a coach's widow has started again. It happens this time every year like it has for the last 11 years.

Hubs is a Jr. high / high school football coach, basketball coach and track coach. My friends always wonder how I do it each year. I tell them it is just what you are used to. Some have husbands who work shift work or nights. Some have husbands who work 9-5 while others might own their own business which requires longer hours. Me, mine is a teacher and a coach.

So when high school football season rolls around he is gone, a lot! He has his Jr. high team to practice with and then games once a week, usually on Thursdays. Fridays, he is with the varsity team, in charge of all the filming and digital stuff. Saturday mornings, he is back up at the school, taking care of the film for next weeks game and breaking down digital plays. Very hi-tech, I know.

So in a sense I become a part time single parent. I really don't mind at first. The boys and I usually take in a few of the Jr. high games. Gotta show Hubs some support from the fam.

We try to take in two games for varsity. On the nights we don't go, we have standing ritual. We go eat Mexican food and the off to the treasure store. The treasure store is really the dollar store.

Y'all where else can you get toys, bathroom cleaner, and Christmas decorations all in one store? Seriously, my kids love the treasure store. If they are good at dinner each boy gets their choice of 3 three toys. $6.00 for some junky toy that will make they deliriously happy for a few days and then break. But I won't care because they were cheap!

Back to the point, if there is one.

Hubs started back to work this week and next week he has a "coaches retreat". If you want to call it that. He says they map out all of their strategical moves and plays. Me, I say they are sitting around playing poker, or video games. Pigging out on chips and drinking beer. I wish I could be a fly on the wall sometimes just to see what they are up to.

Anyway, Hubs doesn't get finished with coaching till March. So from the end of July to the middle of March it's coaching season. Kinda like deer season but with out having a deep freezer full of meat to show for it. But I must admit once football season is over he is around a lot more. Something else I must admit, by the end of basketball season I am ready to have my Hubs back on a regular basis. Thank goodness track season is a short one.

Anyone else who is married to a coach, I feel for you.

So for now, it's me, the boys, and multiple trips to the treasure store.

Go Big Blue!


Jules from "The Roost" said...

You are right about the different "down sides" to any job. I know my daughter will be encouraged by your post so I am going to pass it on to her. She is a "foot ball" single parent :) Have a good weekend!

Anonymous said...

A couple of things.
1) I forgot to tell you we have 6 home games and 3 away this year so you will have lots of Thursdays to come to games.
2) At the retreat we do, do what I said during the day, and you know I don't drink beer so I definitely am not doing that. The other stuff you said though does happen at night.

Genny said...

I love how flexible and supportive you are! And I love how you call the Dollar Store the treasure store... I'm sure that's how your kids see it. Fun!