Lessons from the Game


A few years ago as a new coach’s wife, I had no idea what to expect with this new life I inherited.  With that said, here are just a few things I have learned over the years.

  • Keep a calendar on hand.
    I am guilty of planning a dinner date with a girlfriend…on game night. So, what do I do?  I normally end up at the game that night and reschedule for the following night.  OOPS!  Always remember to keep that calendar at arm’s reach!
  • Study the roster.
    As a new season approaches, so do new players.  I have learned to study and remember the rosters and numbers of the players.  There will always be someone asking about the details of the upcoming team.  It also helps when your coach is talking to you about the players and in keeping their stories straight.
  • Never go to the grocery hungry.
    Keep this in mind, especially during the season.  There is nothing worse than having to cook all your food at once to keep it from spoiling…especially when you’re the only one at home.  Or having a large grocery bill!
  • Pick up a hobby.
    In college my lifelong friend taught me how to crochet to manage my stress during college.  Now, I use crocheting, as well as reading and watching Netflix, as a gateway to escape the loneliness during the season.
  • Turn on your ringer.
    That is, if you want to talk to your coach.  Weeklong trips make for late nights.  If you’re anything like me, your pillow is calling at around 9:00 PM.  Instead of trying to stay up all night, I just make sure the ringer is turned up all the way to ensure I have a short, quick conversation with the coach – even if I think it was a dream.
  • Pack outfits you can wear in multiple ways.
    During tournaments you never know exactly how long your stay will be.  That is why it is important to pack articles of clothing that you can wear different ways, multiple times.. Of course those jeans are still clean if you ONLY wore them to the game.
  • Carry a big purse. 
    Because who wants to pay $10.00 for a bottle of water?
  • Learn to cook for one.
    Learning to cook for one was the hardest thing, and continues to be, the HARDEST thing for me.  I struggle with this each time coach leaves for basketball.  If you do by chance cook a surplus, pack it for lunch!

These are just a FEW of the many many things I have learned from the game!  Tell me, what have you learned from the game?

The Uncommon Wife.

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