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The Last Game

2007 February 12
by Mike

Tonight is Chris’s last game of middle school basketball. Can that really be?

I started coaching him when he was four in “Y” ball and coached him all the way up (except for one year when I had foolishly accepted too many speaking appointments — a mistake I vowed never to make again) until he got real coaches in 7th and 8th grade.

Maybe he’ll keep playing in high school. In fact, I’m guessing he will next year.

But these things go so quickly.

It’s been seven years since I saw Matt play football for AHS. Now he’ll be a doctor next summer (’08).

Why am I writing again to young parents? To tell you from an older dad that the years go quickly. The days, I know, and even the weeks can go very slowly.

Don’t let them pass you.

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Info on the Tulsa Workshop is available here. (Thanks for the invitation, Terry, but a GRANDBABY is on the way in March!)

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A follow-up to Friday’s Oprah Show.

25 Responses leave one →
  1. Fast Buck permalink
    February 12, 2007

    Hope Chris and Kurt have there best game of the season. But…. Go Dawgs!

  2. February 12, 2007

    I so wish I could have seen the Oprah show on Friday — I set my VCR to tape (yes, I still have the antiquated VCR rather than the new flashy DVR), but put in the wrong date. Aarrrgh!!

  3. Coping permalink
    February 12, 2007

    Hmmmmm. Yes, they do go quickly. Today my eyes still tear up when I remember the little kindergartener singing “I’m the gingerbread boy, I am…..”

  4. February 12, 2007

    OK, Mom.

    That WAS a few years ago. πŸ™‚

  5. February 12, 2007

    I just love it when your mom comments in.

  6. BMann permalink
    February 12, 2007

    Check that spelling Fast Buck!! Who is Kurt??

  7. Lee permalink
    February 12, 2007

    I just watched my oldest daughter finish her 8th grade season also! Wow how time flies and how much fun it is!

  8. February 12, 2007

    My kids are 9 and 4 (going on 5 in May) and YES the years fly by. My daughter will be a teenager in no time, and I know any moment now I’ll be dancing with her at her wedding reception. EEECK!!!

  9. David U permalink
    February 12, 2007

    Tell us more, mom!! πŸ™‚


  10. mchristophoros permalink
    February 12, 2007

    My Dad used to tell me this kind of stuff.

    I didn’t believe any of it until my first grader enrolled at ACU. First semester is over and my head is still spinning.

    Here’s another one that’ll get you, Mike. When your dad was your age, how old were you? (and you thought that was old, then)


  11. February 12, 2007

    Hey Mike,

    I just found out last week that I’m going to be a dad…our FIRST baby is due in early October.

    What advice, direction, wisdom, and/or counsel would you have for a first time dad?

    Thanks for all you do!

  12. February 12, 2007

    Pray, pray, pray and when you’re through, pray some more πŸ™‚

  13. charlie s. permalink
    February 12, 2007

    Best advice I can give: START STUDYING ALGEBRA!
    It’s KIRK.
    Go back to work.
    Will we be seeing a new addition to “Mike Cope Sings The Classics”?
    Good luck Chris and Kirk. Season might have been even better if you had not lost your defensive stopper. ( I hate it when contract negotiations get in the way of a season!)

  14. Michael Keck permalink
    February 12, 2007

    In two weeks, my basketball coaching career will end. It has been nothing but a blessing to have coached my son for four years and my daughter for four years. I will be forever grateful. The thing in which I am most thankful is that my children have enjoyed having me as their coach.

    To young parents, if you can’t coach your son or daughter, make it a point to attend their games. Then, be their biggest supporter and source of encouragement.

    Yes, it does pass quickly. However, each stage with your children is one to enjoy and provides many reasons to celebrate. Make certain you do!

  15. February 12, 2007

    I remember working at Highland the first time and instantly recognizing 12-year-old Matt’s voice when he would call for you. Working at Highland again a few years later, I couldn’t distinguish Matt’s voice from those of your college students who kept calling for you. “Can I tell him who’s calling?” “Um…this is Matt.”

    Sometimes Julia (8) falls asleep against me and I try grasping the fact that her long, lanky body was once inside mine. Mind-boggling.

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  17. February 13, 2007

    My baby is 19! They grow up incredibly fast!

  18. rinn permalink
    February 13, 2007

    Josh the best advice I can give is what my dad said to me.
    Go hunting “with” your kids and you wont have to go hunting “for” your kids. Get involved in whatever they like to do. Be it sports or chess or whatever. I will add to Michael and take it a step further. If you can’t coach you can still attend practice as well as the games and realy support you child.

  19. Serena Voss permalink
    February 13, 2007


    Go hunting β€œwith” your kids and you wont have to go hunting β€œfor” your kids

    Wow! I like that!

  20. Ed Harrell permalink
    February 13, 2007

    Our baby (5 1/2 months now) is such a blessing. I have a boy that will be 13 this year and a girl that will be 10. The little years go by so quickly; it’s hard to appreciate them when they happen. The baby has given me a chance to relive them again at an older age. Nothing beats that toothless grin when she first sees me. Man, that is LOVE!

  21. Larry James permalink
    February 13, 2007

    No way to tell you what truth you have written here! Time moves so quickly. . .children are amazing, all of the time, at every age. What a blessing! Thanks for the reminder.

  22. February 13, 2007

    Mike –

    You are SO right and offer great advice. My baby boy will turn 37 in a month or so and his brother and sister are even older, but I still miss them as much as if it were yesterday that we were all together. I treasure, still, every minute of time I spend with each of them and they have made me very proud.

    Also, Mark – the youngest – is having a baby girl in March, so I can really identify with you as an expectant granddad. In our case, this is number 10 for me, but it never loses its magic!

    Children are such a blessing in life and so need to be loved and cared for. Just like what Pam did for little Mark in Ghana.

    Cheers & Blessings to you all today! Dee

  23. Traci permalink
    February 13, 2007

    Your comment about staying close by in March made me remember a Jubilee I attended some years back. The speaker had to suddenly leave because his wife was having a baby. Now, who was that?

  24. February 13, 2007

    My seventh great grandchild is due latter part of August – so where do I start telling y’all about the joys of children, be they ours, theirs or their theirs? πŸ™‚

    And Rinn, you and Janey have a grandchild that makes my heart stop with joy – the way she looks for me and runs to give me a hug. What a treasure she is and a blessing to me. Thank you for sharing her with me.

  25. Lisa Shields permalink
    February 14, 2007

    My parenting advise is talk and listen to them when they’re little, so they will talk and listen to you when they’re older. Also, be honest with them about your struggles and weaknesses.Don’t pretend to be the perfect person, so that when their trials or mistakes come they will not be afraid to come to you. Plus remember disciplin is a part of love. Learning obedience is apart of life.First to your parents, later teachers and bossses and ultimately to God.

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