Saturday June 11th was my last game with SRD.(I'm moving to Florida) And Oh what a game it was! Blood(literal), sweat(well duh) and some tears... mostly mine.
For the past 5 years I've been a proud member of SRD. I've seen this league grow leaps and bounds the past couple years and now we have a Junior league!!!
The past 2 years I was jam coach for the Pixies and Saturday was my last game. I was so proud of the Pixies, I couldn't have asked for a better game for my last. I made it through the game and then it hit me...that was it...I think my heart broke a little, I stopped and watched my ladies celebrate and then my derby sister Trouble hugged me and thats all she wrote. Here came the tears.(that come again as I write this) none of us are blood but this is my 2nd family, dysfunctional yes, but whose family isn't...lol
I've watched many come and go and those who've stayed I've seen grow into incredible players.
Last year I came to grips that I wouldn't play anymore because of many knee problems. But taking on coaching the Valkyries and this year training the fresh meat has been just as satisfying as playing.(ok a close 2nd) ;) Watching ladies who can barely stand turn into jammers and blockers. I guess that's the mom in me, you'll always be my girls.
But the friendships are what I value the most. Some of my absolutely BEST friends came from this league. That's what makes it so hard to leave. I've had people tell me "you know there are leagues in Florida" I know this, it's just not the same your first derby family always has a special place in your heart. Well...At least for me it does.
Thank you SRD for giving me the confidence to be the strong woman I am today (at a time I really needed it).
Thank you for giving me some of the best friends I'll ever have.
Thank you for helping me find me. :-)
Much love to all of you. Be Brave, Be Fierce
Sin D. Lou