The winter after Hugh and I met, I started coaching a club volleyball team in Prince Albert. It was an under 15 team and was comprised of a wonderful group of grade 9 girls with a bunch of terrific parents. Hugh and I got married that summer and I never got another opportunity to coach them. I had a strong connection with the girls, so as they continued their high school volleyball journey, I would stop by tournaments to watch and visit. They were such a great group of girls. I loved being able to watch them grow as players and young adults.
A gift basket arrived in one of the days following Tripp’s death in which none of our family members could identify the senders. I remember I was sitting on the couch when someone brought me the card. Tears welled up as I read the names. It was from a majority of the girls I had coached in P.A. 5 years earlier. I couldn’t believe it. I had always known what an incredible group of girls they were but, in the moment, I was overwhelmed by how special they really are. I remember sitting on the couch holding the card for a long time just rereading the names. The love those girls sent me was a ray of sunshine on one of my most gloomy days.
Today, two of the girls, Brook and Ashley, were in Martensville and just DROPPED BY. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened the door! I was so happy to see them and thank them in person for their thoughtful gesture. It was great to catch up with them and give them a good hug. They completely made my day. They promised to stop by again and bring Kolby with them. I am holding them to that!
5 of those wonderful girls. From left to right, Brook, Kolby, Kristy, Ashley, and Alannah.