Tuesday, April 6

A special day

If there's one thing that has surprised me about being a mom, it's that my world is so much bigger now than it was before I had children. I'm interested in so many more things than I was before. I never knew just how much I loved football and Legos and electric guitar music and robotics and cars and . . . and . . .

. . . college basketball. Today, there are a couple of things I've just gotta say.

  1. The world has not seen the last of Gordon Hayward. This guy is only a sophomore at Butler University. He is just plain amazing--a really, really talented player with a really, really talented coach. Wow.
  2. The world is a better place because of Da'Sean Butler. If you watched Saturday night's semi-final game between West Virginia and Duke, you know that Da'Sean injured himself as he was going for the basket. The referees called a charge on him, but that was the least of his troubles. He planted his left leg too hard and tore his ACL. Perhaps you've seen the touching footage of his coach's trying to comfort him as he lay on the floor, writhing in agony. I've read a lot about Da'Sean in the last couple of days, and I'm impressed that he's truly a great person, not just a great player.

But there can only be one national champion, and this year it's Duke. My oldest son is a freshman at Duke. Yes, he's a Cameron Crazy. And he's had the best year of being a fan of his college's basketball team that any kid could ever have. Here's a photo of him on TV during one Duke game:

Photo courtesy of ESPN

The kid in the cap right in the middle of the screen? That's my son. I took a still photo of our TV one night when his picture flashed on the screen.

He was one of the lucky Duke students who got to travel to Indianapolis for the Final Four, so he was at the game last night. Whew! What a night!

What about you? If you're a mom, do you find yourself interested in things that you never cared about before?

***I'm excited to be the guest blogger today at my friend Amanda's blog, Serenity Now. Click here to read my post!***


  1. Hi Richella,
    I enjoyed your post today. It's amazing how children change and shape our lives. Their interests become our interests. It's just another way to bond with them!

    Have a great day,


  2. I'm a new follower and have spent the past 30 minutes or more reading your blog. Great posts! I'm not a sports fan by any stretch of the imagination, but our son taught me to love soccer and cross country (at least as long as he was participating). Because of my daughters, I've read Harry Potter and Twilight, discovered Mod Podge and Cricuts, and of course blogging!

  3. Your son is very handsome. I know he is excited today. I have been introduced to the world of soccer, guitar, pop music, and softball. And this is my short list! Carla

  4. It is so fun discovering our childrens interest and playing along with their make beleive play time. I have a 4 yr old that loves to play a "Mommy" and a 7 yr old that loves all sports. We are her biggest fans! Enjoy this lovely day!

  5. Very interesting post. I know if it wasn't for my children I wouldn't know what a Nintendo was, and thanks to them, have been quite a good game player in my day, although I don't understand the Wii at all! Also, having boys meant I knew a lot about football (soccer) as all the family are big Manchester Utd fans. I can converse with men about who was off-side etc with confidence!

  6. They certainly can change our interests over night, making it exciting and interesting! Your son is a cutie - great photo!

  7. What a lucky boy! It was a great game, glad he got to go ;)

  8. Would I sound awful if I said no! I really am not interested in kid stuff... there I said it. That's not to say I'm not encouraging, I'm always there for my daughter and would be cheering her on in whatever she wants to do... she just doesn't want to do much - yet ;-)

  9. i never really thought about how much my world has grown until today. so thank you! you are one smart cookie :) and i love love love that you caught your son on tv! that is way cool. i was on my way to work today and heard that duke won last night and you wer the first person i thought of! 2nd thought? your son & that tent :) love ya!

  10. We are big State fans here, but I knew Duke was going to win it all...why? Because my son told me! I also now know what an 'infield fly' rule is...

    Love the post!

  11. I was never much of an athlete, but through my children I became a great fan-football, basketbball, soccer, softball, volleyball and now shotput and discus! I play video games and watch Sci fi with one and Austen with the other. Yes, it is unbelievable how our children enrich our lives!
    Yay, Duke-what a game! Great pic of your son!

  12. I've always enjoyed Legos and Star Wars (what can I say? I'm a child of the 70's!), but only recently have I started actually paying attention to baseball. I mean, I love going to baseball games, but watching them on tv? No way. Not until now, when Sound Man and Kiddo sit and discuss why each player did what he did, what the next batter will try to do, etc. Not that I really enjoy that, but I do enjoy listening to my husband teach my son. : )


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