On most days I am a mompreneur until 4 p.m., and then I am a basketball mom until bedtime when I become a mompreneur again. Sort of like Cinderella changes at midnight, I turn into a basketball mom as soon as my boys finish school. I do not want to change this – I love hanging at the gym, watching the boys practice, and I even love that I do nothing else than watch basketball on the weekends – usually 6 games/weekend. These are memories and time with my boys that will be with me long after I am no longer needed in the role of basketball mom.
The other night, we were at a championship game (which is funny – an 11 & 12-year-old championship game, but very serious). My son’s team started the game off faced with a big challenge. What was the challenge? Their team only had a total of 6 players with one on crutches with a broken foot, and then a 2nd player showed up on crutches to the game. Now, they were down to 4 active players. The refs made the decision for the two teams to play 4 on 4 (whew). With two of the team’s strongest rebounders on the bench, the team still managed to gain a little lead and stay there the whole game. With a few minutes left, a player on my son’s team fouled out AND now they had to play 3 on 4 with a narrow lead. The exciting news is that my son’s team WON even under crazy reconfiguring and challenges.
What is the overall point of this story? While my son and his teammates are all good little players, the two teenager coaches really led the team to their victory. Over a celebratory ice cream, my son recounted to me all the little details that his coaches filtered to the team. The coaches had a game plan mapped out as to how they were going to face the challenges. Again, what is the point? The point is that being a mompreneur has many similarities to this situation of these teenage coaches and their dwindling team of active players and very narrow lead.