|1935 Northwood High School Football Team|
|Arleigh Holstad - 1935|
His official game photo is on the left, and Richard speaks with pride of Arleigh's athletic experience. He even has Arleigh's old practice jersey, "tattered, faded and worn as it is." Perhaps we all have memories of valuable lessons learned, like those Arleigh passed along: Every game is a lesson in life, and when the buzzer goes off, the game is over, with no chance for a replay, or second or third chance. It's not about winning or losing, it's about playing the game. It's a team sport, and though you may let your team down, or your team may let you down on occasion, there's no feeling to compare when the team comes through all at the same time, as a team.
Richard says he learned how to lose before learning how to win, and it's much more fun to talk about the wins... As we all would agree. Perhaps being a part of that 61-62 basketball team may have been extraordinarily rewarding, but for some of us with limited skill set such that the ball has a tendency to "clank" off the backboard as it would if a brick were thrown up, could only participate vicariously - from the bleachers.
In any event, how much guidance did we actually receive from parents? And how much was ignored? Richard has clearly taken Arleigh's advice to heart. If you have thoughts on the life experiences gained from your parents, mom or dad, pass them along. This could be a whole new avenue to stroll.
Few of our era are likely to say there was never any advice or suggest there was no direct supervision. More likely we may hear:
- They always knew what I was doing.
- They really kept me on a tight leash. (And you deserved it?)
- They didn't say so, but I could tell they were proud.
- Rarely did they come to my defense in a dispute with a teacher; if they did, they may well have been incorrect in their decision. But I wouldn't object, of course.
- Right or wrong, they didn't want me to be like so-and-so.
- They didn't tell me what to do in life - they thought I should figure it out myself.
Share your thoughts. This could be fun.