teenager lived alone with his mother, and the two of them had a very special
relationship. Even though the son was always on the bench, his mother was always
in the stands cheering. She never missed a game. This young man was still the
smallest of the class when he entered high school. But his mother continued to
encourage him but also made it very clear that he did not have to play football
if he didn't want to.
the young man loved football and decided to hang in there. He was determined to
try his best at every practice, and perhaps he'd get to play when he became a
senior. All through high school he never missed a practice nor a game, but
remained a bench warmer all four years.
faithful mother was always in the stands, always with words of encouragement for
him. When the young man went to college, he decided to try out for the football
team as a "walk-on." Everyone was sure he could never make the cut,
but he did. The coach admitted that he kept him on the roster because he always
puts his heart and soul into every practice, and at the same time, provided the
other members with the spirit and hustle they badly needed.
news that he had survived the cut thrilled him so much that he rushed to the
nearest phone and called his mother. His mother shared his excitement and was
sent season tickets for all the college games.
persistent young athlete never missed practice during his four years at college,
but he never got to play in the game. It was the end of his senior football
season, and as he trotted onto the practice field shortly before the big playoff
game, the coach met him with a telegram.
young man read the telegram and he became deathly silent.
hard, he mumbled to the coach, "My mother died this morning. Is it all
right if I miss practice today?"
coach put his arm gently around his shoulder and said, "Take the rest of
the week off, son. And don't even plan to come back to the game on
arrived, and the game was not going well. In the third quarter, when the team
was ten points behind, a silent young man quietly slipped into the empty locker
room and put on his football gear. As he ran onto the sidelines, the coach and
his players were astounded to see their faithful teammate back so soon.
please let me play. I've just got to play today," said the young man.
coach pretended not to hear him. There was no way he wanted his worst player in
this close playoff game. But the young man persisted, and finally feeling sorry
for the kid, the coach gave in.
right," he said. "You can go in."
long, the coach, the players and everyone in the stands could not believe their
eyes. This little unknown, who had never played before was doing everything
right. The opposing team could not stop him. He ran, blocked and tackled like a
star. His team began to triumph. The score was soon tied.
the closing seconds of the game, this kid intercepted a pass and ran all the way
for the winning touchdown. The fans broke loose. His teammates hoisted him onto
their shoulders. Such cheering you've never heard! Finally, after the stands had
emptied and the team had showered and left the locker room, the coach noticed
that the young man was sitting quietly in the corner all alone.
coach came to him and said, "Kid, I can't believe it. You were fantastic!
Tell me what got into you? How did you do it?"
looked at the coach, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Well, you knew my
mom died, but did you know that my mom was blind?" The young man swallowed
hard and forced a smile, "Mom came to all my games, but today was the first
time she could see me play, and I wanted to show her I could do it!"
hope that story inspires you.
Somebody is very proud of you.
Somebody is thinking of you.
Somebody is caring about you.
Somebody misses you.
Somebody wants to talk to you.
Somebody wants to be with you.
Somebody hopes you are not in trouble.
Somebody hopes everything turns out all right.
Somebody wants you to be happy.
Somebody can't wait to see you.
Somebody loves you for who you are.
Somebody is glad that you are their friend.
Somebody wants you to know they are there for you.
Somebody needs your support.
Somebody will cry when they read this.
Somebody needs you to have faith in them.
Somebody trusts you.
Somebody hears a song that reminds them of you.