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Time Flies…

This time of year I often feel like time is moving faster than I’m able to keep up with, somewhat like a gerbil racing in its wheel.  I also wonder if I’m accomplishing more at this faster pace or just spinning my own wheel.

As the new school year began 8 short months ago, I almost felt myself physically bracing for all the changes that lie ahead for my high school senior son and my college senior son, which inevitably will lead to an empty nest for my husband and I and our dear 12-year-old chocolate lab.  I considered recording all the “lasts” we would experience throughout the year to share on Facebook with catchy captions, but it somehow seemed too morbid so instead I just braced myself for the ride.

Here we are in the midst of our last high school baseball season after a 16-year run of watching both boys play.  How did we get here so fast?  When the last pitch is thrown, the last out is called, the last game is over and I watch my son walk off the baseball field for the last time, it will feel like it has been so much more than just a game, but instead a metaphor for the many seasons of raising children.

Throughout this 18-year time span so many decisions are made and lessons learned. Growing up can certainly be described as a team sport with fans, coaches, umpires, team mates, opposing teams, celebrations and defeats, knowing when to bunt or when to aim for the fence, while at times feeling alone at the plate.

As a mother, I’m grateful for a book club with other mothers, an insightful leader, and a wise author to guide us through this transition toward having adult children.  I highly recommend, Now That They Are Grown: Successfully Parenting Your Adult Children, by Ron Greer As a mother in the group said, “We are the first generation to take on parenting with the intensity of a CEO only to work ourselves out of a job.”

As 2 graduations approach less than 2 months away, the tight grip I was trying to hold on to my children’s lives is slowly loosening as I tentatively yet faithfully try to change my focus to the journey that will unfold with many “firsts” instead of focusing on all the “lasts”.

High School Football begins in Atlanta

Football season is upon us.  As the mother of ball loving sons, I often feel like my life can be categorized by what ball was being played with at that particular time.  We sold our house during baseball season, my grandmother passed away during football season, etc.  I confess I prefer the beautiful spring days of baseball season and the fast paced roar in the gym of basketball season to the late and often cold Friday nights of high school football season. My long lean sons don’t possess the stature required for an injury free football season so the sound of crashing helmets can cause me great stress.  I’ve learned to watch the game by just scanning the field so as not to focus on the intricacies of each play or see which player ends up on the bottom of the heap.

Growing up in small town Georgia I do get the enthusiasm and pride that goes along with supporting the local team.   The star players in those small towns often go on to run for mayor, own the local sporting goods store, or coach a team of their own and continue to relive their championship season and the play by play of each game well into their senior years.  The marching band, twirling majorettes, and pom- pom shaking cheerleaders set the tone each Friday night as the town fills the stadium.  My enthusiasm for high school football waned when I attended my children’s Buckhead private school games.  High school football without a marching band is like the Dallas Cowboys without the cheerleaders.  With the private schools priority being placed on academics and other extra-curricular activities like chess club or debate team, the marching band slowly became extinct.   I’m sorry, but a few beatnik type musicians playing their instruments in the stands does not compare to the stadium rocking sensation of the marching band.

Since my younger son has decided to retire his cleats and shoulder pads this year, I will no longer be regularly attending Friday night games.  My husband on the other hand will still be in the stands so I will look forward to a season of girl’s nights with Georgia, our chocolate lab.  Someone was looking out for me when we happened upon a lab that cares nothing about a ball.

Go Team!

Lovett Boys Baseball Advances to the Semi-Finals


The regular season is a little slow for me, but the playoffs are when I really feel like a fan. As we arrived for our first game at Calhoun High School, ready for our first two games out of a three game series, the port-a-potty clean out truck parked within reach of the stands was a reminder that we were not in Buckhead anymore. As the stench filled the air, the mood was lightened and the first pitch was thrown.  Country or city, the love of the game is evident wherever we go.  Having warmed many baseball stands over many years, the monotony of the regular season can seem long and oh so routine.  My husband and I seem to spend more time passing each other in the garage than we do in any other area of the house. Practices here, games there, some work in between, fast food, late nights and early mornings, and I’m ready for the playoffs.

A friend of mine with non-sports playing children recently commented to me that she wished she and her husband shared in the sports comaraderie of watching their children play. I quickly corrected her and said, “Oh, do not be fooled by thinking this is something we do together.” My husband sees a completely different game than I do as he leans in the mens corner on the edge of the stands, and I join mom friends in the bleachers.  As we later reminisce, he oftens asks if I was at the same game he was.

Having split our first two games against Calhoun, we headed back on day two for a do- or-die third game.  At the game I attended, I joyfully watched the coaches wife with two young daughters and lincoln log bin in tow to postpone boredom, the grown men that left their jobs in the middle of a Wednesday afternoon to drive over an hour to watch high school boys play ball even without a child on the team, the loving grandparents that wouldn’t miss a game, the little sisters that got dragged to a possible final game, the pitcher’s mom that appeared pale and weak, senior moms teary-eyed at the possibility of seeing their son walk off a baseball field for the last time, and the superstitious rituals of where to sit, pace or sit, change clothes or not, cheer or not cheer, etc.  Although these are the scenes and events that seemed to keep my attention for most of the game, I was forced to be consumed by the competition taking place on the field.

Top of the 7th and Lovett is down 4-1.  This is our last chance to advance to the semi-finals or move on to studying for final exams.  After a Lovett rally we go into the bottom of the 7th with Lovett up 6-4 and Calhoun at bat.  As the team mom and I were clenching hands and practicing something like Lamaze breathing to relieve the tension, Calhoun hit a one run homer, 6-5. Our sophomore lefty closed the game with his ever so confident and calm style and a big W.  On to Pierce County Monday.  Go Lions!

Go here for a play-by-play report by the Northside Neighbor

2012 Varsity Baseball Team

Lovett Girls Basketball Wins State Title

Having attended many games against Buford’s powerhouse sports teams, I know this win is even sweeter as a victory over Buford.


Class AA Girls:  Lovett 52, Buford 42

12:18 am March 11, 2012, by Prep Zone

By  S. Thomas Coleman For the AJC

Who knew Lovett’s Sydney Umeri could shoot threes?

Sydney Umeri did.

The 6-foot-1 junior, a nationally-ranked player who usually does most of her offensive damage on the low block, stepped out and drilled three long range bombs during a 22-point third quarter that propelled the Lions (28-5) to a 52-42 win over Buford (25-8) in the Class AA final, Saturday in Macon.

The win prevented the Wolves from capturing their fourth consecutive state title. For Lovett, it is the first basketball state championship, girls or boys, for the school. Buford had won the two previous meetings this season between the Region 6 rivals, downing the Lions during the regular season (58-44) on Jan. 21 and in the region tournament championship game (45-39) on Feb. 18.

“It just shows how much my game has developed and how much our team has developed this season,” said Umeri. She had just two points in the first half as Lovett held a 15-14 lead at intermission.

“I got in foul trouble in the first half. In the second half I told myself that I had to come out and do something to help our team win this championship,” said Umeri, who finished with 13 points. “Our team deserved it and especially our seniors deserved it.”

Two of those seniors stepped up big time in the second half as well, particularly in the fourth quarter. Guard Tatianna Jackson, who led all scorers with 20 points, scored 12 in the second half with seven coming in the fourth quarter, and forward Christen Johnson scored eight of her 12 points in the final period. Together, they helped stave off a comeback by the Wolves, who trailed by 12 midway through the third quarter.

After applying some full court pressure, Buford trimmed the lead to four, 39-35, with four minutes left after a lay up on a strong move to the basket by junior guard Kaela Davis. The daughter of former NBA veteran Antonio Davis led the Wolves with 14 points, nine in the fourth. Her bucket off of a Buford steal made the score 41-37, Lovett, with just over three minutes left.

The Wolves appeared to have forced another Lovett turnover on the Lions’ next possess when an errant pass looked like it was about to roll out of bounds along the baseline. But Jackson flashed in from the high post, retrieved the ball and banked it in. The bucket started an 8-3 run over the games final two minutes the sealed the deal.

“We just knew this was our game. We knew we could beat them,” said Jackson, who has signed with Chattanooga. “We knew we had a great team and we came out more aggressively in the second half.”

“We have a lot of respect for Buford. They’re a great team,” said Johnson, who has signed with Northwestern. “But we definitely came in fired up. We wanted this game.”

Lovett head coach Liz Kennedy applauded her team’s resolve in withstanding the fourth quarter run by the three-time state champions.

“That is just an amazing team over there, so talented,” Kennedy said. “They have done a phenomenal job building that program. But I just had the feeling that this was our year, and when the ball started bouncing our way, it just all came together.”

The game was the final one in the high school career of Tennessee-bound guard Andraya Carter, who is still battling back from knee surgery and suffered a separated shoulder earlier in the season. Buford’s championship run began during Carter’s freshman year.

“Andraya Carter has been the foundation of this program,” said Buford head coach Gene Durden, who led the Wolves to all three titles. “To see her battle the way she did this season and give everything she had says so much about her and who she is.”

Lovett 52: Tatianna Jackson 20; Sydney Umeri 13; Christen Johnson 12; Julia Selman 3; Taylor Brown 2; Carrie Mutombo 2.

Buford 42: Kaela Davis 14; Kristina Nelson 9; MacKenzie Darrah 5; Kallie Case 4; Andraya Carter 4; Emily Adams 4; Maya Dillard 2.

Lovett School Holds Walk To School Day

On Friday, February 10th, students are encouraged to walk to school at The Lovett School.  In our carpool crazed world the idea of walking to school is often foreign to students and their parents. Our den-sized SUV’s are equipped with all the luxuries of home for the ride, but don’t provide the same exhiliration as the freedom I felt riding my bike to school as a child.  One of my favorite memories is pedaling along bellowing out, “zip a dee doo da, zip a dee ay, my oh my what a wonderful day”. Although getting my pants caught in the bike chain on the way home doesn’t have quite the same feel good memories.  When my own children were in elementary school and we participated in their walk to school day they thought it was some kind of torture test I designed to give them a taste of the olden days.  That is until they saw their friends and other children joining in and had a great time!


Big Picture Parenting Returns to Lovett

I’m looking forward to attending this meeting on Thursday at my son’s school.

Big Picture Parenting

The Lovett School is pleased to bring back Big Picture Parenting for the third consecutive year. Join us on Thursday, January 12, 2012, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater as Dr. Mark Crawford and Tommy Newberry help us explore how to raise healthy, responsible, and high-character kids.

Last March, more than 300 parents and alumni attended Big Picture Parenting at Lovett. If you haven’t experienced these concepts, then please join us on January 12 for this encore presentation by Mark and Tommy. And, if you have participated before, please join us again (and bring a friend) as they present new ways to reinforce this important message.

What is a Big Picture Parent? It’s a parent who asks, and answers, these types of questions:

  • What is the goal of my parenting?
  • What do I want to make sure I teach, experience, or share with my kids before graduation?
  • What do I really, really want for my kids?
  • Am I willing to be “unpopular” with my kids and other parents to stick with our family’s values?

Admission to Big Picture Parenting is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. To R.s.v.p., call (404) 262-3032, ext. 1717, or email Please leave your name and the number in your party with your response. Light refreshments will be served from 6:00 to 6:30 pm.

Big Picture Parenting is sponsored by The Lovett School and the Jack and Anne Glenn Character Education Speakers Series Fund. More information is available at