I know there’s still a month left in 2012, but I for one won’t be sad to see it go.
That is, if the Mayans let us get there.
This time last year in this space right here, I wrote about losing my pal Sting after 15 years of companionship. Turns out, that was only the beginning.
By the time April rolled around, I had spent a morning in the emergency room, had to put down our other dog, our sweet girl Sydney, and then topped it all off by losing my brother, Tommy, in March.
Needless to say, I was seriously looking for a mulligan.
Luckily, everything evened out from there and before I knew it football season was here, so there wasn’t time for anything else bad to happen, though I do still look up every once in awhile looking for the grand piano about to drop on my head.
But as the year winds down, as we all do this time of year, we begin to remember the things for which we can still be thankful. As rotten as 2012 has been, there’s still a lot from this year that can fill our hearts.
First and foremost, I’m thankful that hearts are allowed to heal. Time has passed and I still think about those I’ve lost this year. Football season especially brought out memories of my brother who was such a big high school sports fan and loved talking about what was going on out here and back home. In a way, part of me is glad I’m working Thanksgiving because this will be the first one without him, and I’m sure it’s hard on everyone in the family.
But as I said, the heart heals and I’m starting to remember more and more all the good things.
Then there’s Griffin.
It took the better part of year before we began to talk about getting another dog. Let me rephrase that. It was the better part of a year before I was convinced I was ready to get another dog. Like most pet owners who lose a long-time friend, I really wasn’t ready to go through that again.
But then we saw a picture on the internet of this short, stubby-legged pup, and it was all over. I said this time last year to visit your local shelter for your newest best friend, and that’s what we did. We found Griffin at The Haven and have had him about a month.
No one is sure what breed(s) he is, but best we can tell from his jumping ability he’s got a lot of Jack Russell Terrier in him, and possibly some Corgi. But he has been fearless almost from Day 1 and has wormed his way right into our hearts. Thank you, Haven, for allowing us to bring home this wonderful fireball.
And of course, no mention on Thanksgiving would be complete without thanking all the wonderful high school coaches I get to deal with on a yearly basis. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we have the best coaches in the state out here because they understand it’s all about the kids first and themselves last. But they also have to deal with us intrusive, persistent media types while trying to prepare to win a football game, and I’m grateful that they do.
Good luck to the teams remaining in the playoffs, good luck to all the basketball teams this season, and let’s see what we can make out of 2013.
Monterey vs. El Paso Andress: The Plainsmen have done a pretty good job this season handling passing teams and will have to do so again to beat Andress, which has not made it past the area round since 1990. Monterey 35, Andress 27.
Frenship vs. Clint Horizon: The Tigers are 9-1 in the area round of the playoffs, while Clint Horizon has never made it past two rounds. That’s a bad combination for the Scorpions. Frenship 42, Horizon 24.
Shallowater vs. Monahans: Last year the Lobos had the dominant running game and the Mustangs still almost won. The roles are reversed this year, so Shallowater should have the upper hand. Shallowater 35, Monahans 17.
Last week: 5-2
Season: 69-29 (.704)
GEORGE WATSON IS SPORTS EDITOR OF THE AVALANCHE-JOURNAL. HE CAN BE HEARD AT 6 P.M. WEDNESDAYS ON “THE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE” ON KKAM 1340 AM.