To Be Part Of a Thing, If Only For a Moment


To be part of a thing, if only for a moment, can change a boy into a man.

To know the struggle of discipline and reap its reward,

To see the value of taking one’s self out of the equation and putting the team first.

To overcome the critics, ignore the score at halftime, and finish to win the game.

That is what it means to be part of a thing, if only for a moment.


That moment will carry you for the remainder of your life.

It will define your sense of worth and purpose,

Show you a direction you never knew you could take,

Give you a kind of confidence you wouldn’t own otherwise.

That is what it means to be part of a thing, if only for  a moment.


You will always remember the moment, and sing loud of Glory Days.

You may leave the gridiron forever, yet still feel the sacrifice,

Still share the coach’s passion, still retain the staunch belief,

That it is good to be part of a thing, if only for a moment.

Because those are the moments that change … the boy into the man.



2015 West Valley Eagles (Photo credit:  Susan Pearce)

Author’s Note:  Last night was awards banquet for my son’s football team, a group of boys with heart that put their personal goals aside for the team which rose above poor expectations to finish the year well (they made it to the semi-final game).  For most of them, the experience is just a short moment in time, but I know they’ll carry the lessons learned in the moment to every other area of their life.   This is for them, and their coach…passion is everything, especially at the right moment.

About Frankie Wallace

Frankie earned her BA in History from CSU Chico. Her writing includes current events as well as self published fiction and a children's book she is publishing. She lives in northern California with one husband, two dogs, and three boys. Frankie is an avid cooker, reader, hiker, and napper. View all posts by Frankie Wallace

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