Thursday, September 2, 2010

When it all lines up

Do things every just fall into place for you? Do you always know when they do? Or do you focus on all the things that go wrong instead?

I sat with my camera during Nolan's first football game of the season, without even shooting any pictures for the longest time. The team seemed to stay at the line of scrimmage without moving much from there and our view was limited from where we sat.

Without the action falling into my lap I wasn't all that focused on the game. I had two cute girlies sitting next to me keeping me quite entertained.  But at some point I decided to get up and move down to the other end of the field.

I tried to grab a few shots of Nolan in motion, in action as the quarterback, but my camera was too slow. There is a delay between the time I press the button to the shutter actually opening and taking the photo. In other words, I wasn't getting anything. I turned to go back to my seat.

And then Nolan got to play defense. I lost him in the line up and couldn't see his position. I watched the football get snapped from the center on the other team and put in the hands of their running back. In two seconds flat the play headed straight towards me... the running back and the middle linebacker from our team, hot on his trail, grabbing him and moving him with the ball out of bounds at my feet. I snapped as I looked at the number on the back of the jersey.

#57. It was Nolan literally at my feet with a good play.  With the score at 13-12 with our team, the Redskins in the lead, we had to hold them to win the game.  A few short plays later it was over and the victory was ours.

It was really such a small moment, and yet, everything lined up to ensure that I was in the right place at the right time.  I found out later, that Nolan had maybe 3 plays like that during the game. I just happened to have one of them land at my feet.

When was the last time everything lined up just right for you?






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Nolan on the sidelines practicing a reverse play.
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My two friends Thea and Tessa, who come sit with me on my blanket and keep me entertained.  See how far away the action is from where we sat?
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Nolan getting ready to play defense...
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I was so relieved to see I got the first part of Nolan moving the opposing running back with the ball out of bounds.  He was stoked to see it too.
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I know, 57, the number given to wear as a QB?  Don't ask.  Doesn't he look for real though?
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12 comments:

  1. So cute. Little football players.
    Wait till they have to tackle the humungous guys in high school

    I remember my son taking part as goalie for a friendly between some guys in soccer.
    They were men and kicked the ball so hard and it hit his thigh. I though he was darn lucky they didn;t break his leg with the powerful kick.
    It was just an insane kick around people and kids. Games can get to be quite serious and of course kids want to play with grown ups lol

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  2. Your Children are so talented! Great photos!

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  3. It looks like the busy sports season is starting up for you! First football and then hockey. Enjoy! :0)

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  4. Those photos gave me tiny tickles of joy Vicky...all decked out in their gear, those boys are adorable...oh and very manly looking too :)
    Your guys are so athletic, what great parents you are to nurture it as you do...
    xoxo

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  5. Great shots! Not gonna show my son... I'm not letting him play football. ( mean mommy, I know)

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  6. Gotta love it when things line up! Lately, seems a lot of things have been off a bit, but there are a lot more that seem in sync. It's the tug of life, the flow moving and the flow stopping, always tension between what is easy and what is hard. Glad you had and were able to appreciate the moment of flow when it came!

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  7. I'm horrible about looking at the negatives. Well you know that :)

    Love how you turned the situation around!

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  8. Yes, it lined up just right for you. I call it serendipity, it happen to me a lot. It was a teddy bear recently. A sad phone call when the caller moaned, "I don't have a job, I don't have a boy friend, I don't have a best friend, I don't even have a teddy bear." Next day I happened upon people setting up a yard sale. There was a like-need teddy bear for $1. I sent it off to my friend, I've been thanked for that teddy bear the last three phone calls we've had. Sometimes all it takes is a teddy bear.

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  9. Praying that all your days line up perfectly, dearest Vicky!!! I have been absent, but I have been thinking of you and praying daily!!!! Love you so much!!! Janine XOXO

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  11. My grandson will be playing football this year, too ... praying all goes well for all of them.

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  12. Great pictures. I hope Nolan has a fun season. Lately, I'm looking for those "fall in place" moments. I know that they're coming...

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