Veterans Day

On veteran’s day, which also happened to be the same day that brought the first noticeable winter chill, I saw an elderly gentleman lecturing a garbage can emphatically, with an index finger – as leaves swirled about his feet. Then he began to make obsessive sweeping motions with his hands, and I couldn’t look away. I kept staring from the window of a warm and cozy coffee shop that smelled of freshly roasted beans. I looked at this man, I mean; I really looked at this man. He had white wispy hair, and his frame was bent and worn, but it was apparent that he had been tall and strong at an earlier point in life. I wondered if he were a veteran; he could have been a veteran. He may have had children; he certainly must have had parents.

I wished that he were a dog. If he were a dog, tattered and helpless at the bus stop on a blustery, chilly day he may have been rescued. Passersby may have put him in their car, or brought him home for a meal and a warm rug to sleep on, or a shelter. Someone may have put him in a place where his hair wouldn’t blow in the wind, along with the leaves at his feet, and they may have even put an ad in the paper or a flyer on a telephone pole with his picture on it.

We’re not trained mental health professionals. It isn’t safe. It won’t help in the long run. I didn’t look away when I felt tears threatening to mess up my contact lenses, and when I knew I didn’t want to cry. But I looked away when I walked out the door and turned to go home.

Veterans day


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I'm a person who found derby at JUST the right time in my life to give me hope, make me stronger and experience something that had been waiting for me all these years! My mightiest goal is to mainstream the sport of roller derby. My selfish goal is to help other people find ways to skate,connect and inspire each other to get back on track when they begin to slip off and help them up when they fall. Doing this helps me believe that there are others ready to do the same for me. In 2012 I had four surgeries, two of which were mastectomies and now at 57 I'm cancer free and back on track. Three years ago on this profile I claimed not to be a "great" coach but wanted to share what I knew. I am revising that statement at this time because I have figured out that I'm a survivor, a warrior and a damn good coach! I am the founder of OneWorld Roller Derby in the Greater Seattle area. We are sharing our resources to help other leagues form and we're creating a circuit that is coming together utilizing USA Roller Sports as a common link. We are bring roller derby to schools, colleges, parks departments and community centers across the US. Helping each other through the pack is what makes life work for me. In the world we get knocked down, get back up, reset and help each other through the pack. We look ahead for the holes to jump through. We gain momentum to find the endurance we need to be able to make it around the track one more time even when we don't think we can. Derby = life = Derby; It's all the same game to me.
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