James Charles scored for the first time during his soccer game on Saturday and I can’t get the image of it out of my mind.
All of a sudden I looked up and I saw him with the ball, fiercely kicking it across the field, his team and opponents behind him. I could hear parents from our team cheering, Jason and I were jumping up and down and Audrey was shouting “Yay!” from my hip. Then he kicked the ball into the net. He was so excited knowing he scored. He ran off the field and gave everyone high fives. Jason and I were so proud and got a little emotional. Our boy was really enjoying the game! (Of course, it happened when I wasn't recording or taking snapshots, so it's now just a cherished memory).
The moment meant so much to me because my family has been through a lot in the last couple of months. Back in late August, I vowed here to start blogging a lot more and was truly serious about my plan. But then life happened and I've needed time to process all that's come my way.
It was the first week in September. Jason called me from work and told me we needed to talk. Urgency was in his voice. I knew something was wrong. “I’ve been laid off,” he told me. "Budget cuts".