This weekend I did a video for a wake. I have really mixed feelings about this type of business. Mostly I hate it for the obvious reason that it means that someone has passed and a whole lot of people are really sad. On a personal, selfish level, I hate it because it is always a rush and the perfectionist in me gets crazy that I can't always take my time and make sure that it is absolutely perfect . But, and I hope it's a but and not too much of a rationalization, I feel that in a very small way that I'm helping. When I lost my grandmother, I made one and watched it over and over and it helped me to remember her and honor her life. I have also had other people tell me that it's cathartic to be able to see pictures set to special music and remember and celebrate the good times. This weekend I did one for someone that I never had the pleasure of meeting but judging from the pictures, he was a great guy. There was a whole lot of love and caring in these pictures not to mention fun, as a matter of fact, his family wanted me to use the theme from the "Price is Right" with a picture of him in his own personal "Price is Right" t-shirt. When I get to work with a family like this what I hope is that in a little way, I help to make saying goodbye a little easier. I always feel truly honored that people turn to me to commemorate their lives - good times and bad - and my main goal is to be worthy of this trust.
We had a very eventful weekend around here. My second daughter (and first assistant) celebrated her 12th birthday. She is a terrific kid with a great sense of humor, tons of great friends and an extremely logical mind. And as I have mentioned before she has quite the eye and ear for slide shows. Plus these days she is so much nicer and more reasonable than my 13 year old. So happy birthday to her!!
As good as a football weekend as it was last week well that is how bad of a football weekend it was around here this weekend. All of our teams lost including the Patriots who lost to the hated Jets. The J-E-T-S, Jets who could not have possibly looked any worse in a 10-9 loss to Baltimore last Monday night. This one hurts. In addition the team that my daughter cheers for lost a real heartbreaker. They played a terrific game and were leading right up until the end when they gave up a late touchdown. My son's team lost a tough one as well. They give up 2 quick touchdowns and were never able to quite close the gap. As tough as it was to watch all these losses there were some positives. Well not with the Patriots, there is nothing positive about a loss to the Jets. Well maybe one tiny positive, we had a family party Saturday and one of my husband's cousin is a huge Jets fan so I guess it could have been worse if the party was next week and then we would have to hear all about it. There are 2 kinds of football losses, the ugly kind where your team plays mistake laden, undisciplined football (see Patriots vs. Jets) and the character kind of loss where you keep struggling and trying but it just doesn't work out. Our youth football losses yesterday definitely fell into the second category. My son's team showed a lot of heart and character in the loss. They never gave up even when things looked pretty bleak. They were hustling around and making plays right until the end including a block by number 56 that was just fierce. I wrote last week that as fun as a win is that I hope my son values teamwork and sportsmanship more than winning at all costs and I think that today his team showed the value of those concepts. For this week's installment because of the way the game played out I have chosen a song that celebrates the uniqueness of football as a sport. It actually worked out perfectly because a couple of people have recommended this particular song to me in the last couple of weeks. Enjoy!
All in all, it was a good football weekend around here. Well except for my oldest cheerleader, the team she cheers for lost but on the bright side I think that she finally gets it that cheering has something to do with football and that it is more fun to cheer when the team she is cheering for wins. Go figure. A few reasons why it was an enjoyable football weekend:
1) We are HUGE fans of the Patriots so to see them win in such convincing fashion was very satisfying. For this week at least all should be well in Patriots nation with the possible exception of Randy Moss and Logan Mankins. This win was especially gratifying because although we have been thoroughly spoiled by our sports teams since 2001, it has been a bit of a trial lately with the Red Sox out of the playoff race, the epic, historic, disastrous collapse of the Bruins and the Celtics blowing a big 4th quarter lead to the hated Lakers, not to mention the Patriots' Super Bowl loss in 2007. And now that I have made the day of all the Boston haters out there, let's just move on.
2) My son's team had a really good win this weekend too, not always pretty but a win. The offense struggled in the 1st half but the defense came up big with a huge goal stand at the end of the half. The offense really came alive in the 2nd half with 13 unanswered points. Sadly for me, I missed all but one of my son's plays because all of his plays came in the 1st half when I was working the parking lot as the parent volunteer for my other daughter's cheerleading squad. The one play that I did see was an excellent example of the power of teamwork. His side rushed the passer, in this case the halfback, forcing him to throw quickly which resulted in an interception. A really nice pick too, great instincts and catch on the part of the defender.
3) I got the chance to read a memoir by Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints which I would highly recommend it for any prospective athletes out there. He's a terrific role model for young athletes because he emphasizes the right things: hard work, discipline and teamwork among other things. These days a good role model can be hard to find, Tiger Woods anyone? I am hoping to convince my son to read it so that at whatever level football (or any sport) he plays, he will choose to emulate the approach of someone like Drew Brees. We all love to win but I want him to value the dual concepts of sportsmanship and teamwork most of all.
Football season has officially begun in my house. We have a love/hate relationship with football in my house. My husband and I and our son love it but our girls not so much even the ones that are cheerleaders, figure that out. I think that they think cheer leading should have nothing to do with football. Well today the football season began for us with a bang. My son's team opened the season with a win, a convincing win at that. This is the first installment in a season long series that we like to call "Adventures in Pop Warner".
I love football, it has always been my favorite sport. I always wanted to play and I can still throw a perfect spiral (just ask my son if you don't believe me). So I love this time of year when football is kicking off for the season. All levels, from youth football to the NFL, start around this time. And because I am so nice, I will get us all in the mood by posting a "highlight film" from one of my son's games last season. This was definitely one of my favorite games, his team played a very lackluster 1st half but they kicked it up a notch or two in the 2nd half. In addition I recently had someone ask me about putting a highlight film together for her daughter, a senior in high school who is hoping to play college soccer. Well then I got to thinking about different ideas and effects that we could incorporate to showcase a player and inform the coaches. I was planning on posting some football stuff soon anyway so I figured why not play around a bit with this video and show a little of what we can do. If you have any ideas or suggestions or even a little constructive criticism, I would love to hear them, well maybe not the criticism. As always, please be aware that all videos are streamed through YouTube and have been compressed for internet viewing.