I was struck as I listened to the radio interview of Columbus Blue Jackets coach when he was asked , "Why this team made it to the playoffs?" He commented, “It's all about the chemistry. I believe it because this team likes each other. They get along and choose to be together on and off the ice. We have players who are 20 years old to 32, and they enjoy hanging out. Their families and children choose to be together all the time.”
As I reflect on our last three months and think about the conversations that helped our family continue to heal. I realize several of the conversations were about Ostrander baseball. The eight glorious years when a group of boys played baseball from the age of 6 to 14. Their dads helped coach, and the moms helped with the concession stand, preparing meals and keeping uniforms clean. The siblings traipsed to every game and cheered for their brothers. We even went to Walt Disney World over Christmas. We didn’t win a game, but those memories 10 years later are what made a difference when our family faced tough times.
There is confusion about Common Core, PARCC, state testing and education in general. I am holding on to the fact in 10 years when my fifth graders will be graduated from college or pursing their career that they will remember “WONDERing” great books; immerse vocabulary, and the power of writing their ideas in a notebook. I don’t think we really know what the conversations will be, but I do know for the past three months I am sure thankful for our Ostrander days and the importance of family and community.