I don`t know how long I`m gonna have you for…
But I`ll be watching when you change the world.
I know that the pain of loss is great. I’ve lost many more games than I’ve won in my life, both coaching and playing. I’ve even been to, and lost, a state championship game as a player. I’ve won also, so that has help to ease the pain, but I still remember the night of the loss as clearly as the nights of the wins.
The Fort Osage Football team started to hit their stride as the playoffs started, and played in the state championship game on December 1st, 2018. I’d been to nearly all of their home games in the past three years as a photographer, capturing and sharing images with the players and coaches. When they got to the championship game, I was happy for them, but a little sad that I wouldn’t be able to help document the biggest game that some of these kids will ever play in.
Then the LORD stepped in. The photography teacher at school asked me if I would like to travel with the Student Publications group and get a media pass to take pictures with them. I was floored to be given such a privilege. Thank you Patricia Smith for recognizing the work I’ve done, and caring enough to include me in this special day! I’m even happier that I got to spend some of the time this day with my daughter, who was with the band as they performed there as well.
The game didn’t go as we all would have liked, but we learned lessons about each other and ourselves. I’m so proud to have been given the opportunity to cover this team throughout the years and will miss many of these players as they graduate and move on. I know that they will soon go their separate ways, and I hope they all remember each other and the time spent accomplishing so much the past few years. I’m sure that many of them will go on and change the world in so many amazing ways.
Thank you coaches, for all that you’ve turned these young men into. Thank you fans for great showings at all of the games. Thank you cheerleaders for the hours of work you put in to support this team. Thank you band for adding atmosphere to the games. Thank you student publications members for capturing the moments and sharing my passion. Thank you players, for the excitement you’ve added to my life. And finally, thank you GOD for giving me this opportunity.
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every OPPORTUNITY.”
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every OPPORTUNITY, because the days are evil.”
Song: You’re Here by Francesca Battistelli