momma said home is where the heart is

I am worn out, people.

After almost an entire month of traveling, dining, freaking out, and counting prayers, the postseason has begun.  Now come the national team scrimmages, which begin tonight with a closed match.  And the parade! Oh, the parade.  Every day at work, people talk to me about the parade.

The national team has been practicing at Gampel with Dad, and the USA honchos have been over at my house for the past few days for dinner.  It all culminated in a big shindig last night with the team also showing up, which was a bit nervewracking for me.  On one hand it was really great to see Swin, Tina, Kalana and Renee, but on the other hand the amount of basketball greatness was overwhelming.  At one point, Todd leaned in and said to Jenna and I “There are seriously some phenomenal people in your living room.” I mean, where else am I going to watch Monica Wright, Jantel Lavender, and Kayla Pederson watch VH1 on my basement TV while upstairs Dawn Staley is eating my mom’s spinach penne?

One perk of the evening? I finally got to meet Kara Lawson, which was fantastic.   She had come over for dinner a few months ago, but due to a date, I was absent.  That fellow hasn’t stuck around, but thankfully Kara has.  We talked at such lengths, she missed her bus back to campus!

One person I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself to was Jayne Appel.  I’ve heard nothing but unadulterated praise about her from Dad for years, and it was my chance to just say hello and tell her I thought she was very brave for continuing to play in the amount of pain she was in.  Unfortunately, that did not come to pass.  Debbie Ryan and Sherri Coale came over as well, which made me very happy.  Those two are fantastic.  I’ve known Debbie since I was born, so it was really great to see her and catch up.  She told me that she and her husband read my blog, which was a bit surreal to hear.  So, hi Debbie!

Another thing that is surreal? The fact that a year ago, I moved to New York City on a wing and a prayer and a very big makeup case, only to move home less than six months later with my tail in between my twenty pounds slimmer legs after realizing my dream may not have been what God had planned for me.  It was the most difficult decision I have ever made in my life.  I sometimes wonder what could have been, and these last six months have been tremendously difficult both mentally and physically.  I have been through career shifts, employment trouble, and an eating disorder I’m still trying to navigate.  But you know what? Family is created for times like these.  It’s like what Dory says in that amazing Pixar film about a father trying to find his son.

When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…


ally

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7 thoughts on “momma said home is where the heart is

  1. as a mom, i can relate; my daughter just moved home from a year away. she is a meteorologist working for a private company in NY. high rent and extremely meager pay forced her to make the decision. like you, she knew what she wanted at a very young age; the weather channel was a staple in our house as soon as she figured out how to use the tv remote! now comes the realization that life sets in and dreams hit a road block. never to worry though, mom and dad are always here with open arms to give the time needed to figure out what life really holds for her (as your mom and dad are there for you). i will tell her this: keep swimming, and it will come: to both of you!

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  2. You're a great writer Ally. Always interesting – and you have a clever way of wording things. Keep it up – the right career will come along. I miss it when you don't put a post – and I was (thought I was) only interested in the basketball part of the blog.

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with those of us who think your Dad is the Second Coming, and that the team are the Chosen.

    Moreover, you have a gift, Darlin'. You will most certainly find success (despite the competitiveness of your chosen field). Best BEST of luck to you.

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  4. I always look forward to your postings and thoroughly enjoy reading them. I know it takes time on your part, however we all look forward to insight on the team, former players, and your family! Keep up the great work!

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  5. Great post Ally! I was fortunate enough to go to the USA game before the parade. So glad I decided to go! Not only great to see our girls (past and present) but also because no one was cheering for a specific team so it was very quiet and we could hear everything that was being said on the floor. Geno's “half time” speech was great! He really seemed like he was enjoying himself! Amazing group of people!

    Keep swimming!!!! We all need to remember that, thanks! Things will all fall into place one day; you are great!

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