A Special Ceremony to Honor Mom
SportsLeader focuses on three main things: Virtue, Mentoring and Ceremonies. One of the ceremonies we encourage teams to install is called Letters to Mom.
What a gift all mothers have been given in Mary! She is the perfect role model. I think of her often, and have sought her guidance too many times to count since becoming a mother myself. I have gratefully pondered many moments in my heart… The moment I found out God planned to bring a new life into the world, the miracle of birth, first words, teeth, and first steps, hugs and kisses, snuggles, smiles and laughter, first days of school, and time spent simply being a family. As my children have grown older, and life “busier”, I’m guilty of pondering less and less. Last Monday I was given the opportunity to change that.
Coach McDonald sent out a vague email to the moms of St. Xavier wrestlers inviting them to a “Mom’s Night” on Monday January 28th. The only thing specified in the email was to meet in the chapel at 6:00pm. Naturally, I asked my sons for more details about this secretive event. However, to add to my suspense, they gave away nothing.
Happy to attend a wrestling activity that didn’t involve take downs, headlocks, black eyes, and bloody noses, I eagerly arrived in the chapel not knowing what to expect. In the chapel sat 60 or so young men patiently waiting for the arrival of their mothers (grandmothers/aunts). Each wrestler held in his hand a letter he had prepared to read. One by one each son presented his mom with a flower and read his letter aloud as she took her turn sitting in the “seat of honor”, humbly soaking in her son’s words…pondering them in her heart. It was beautiful to witness the genuine words of all of the wrestlers, words that otherwise might not be spoken if not for this opportunity.
I left that night full of gratitude. Grateful to Coach McDonald and the St. Xavier coaching staff for their time and effort they put into making the night so special. More importantly, for helping to form my sons into not only good wrestlers, but good men. Grateful to my sons for being the wonderful young men that they are, and for honoring the vocation of motherhood. Grateful to God for blessing me with that gift!
“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put into that action.” -Mother Teresa