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en·dur·ance noun \in-ˈdu̇r-ən(t)s, -ˈdyu̇r-, en-\
1 : permanence, duration (the endurance of the play's importance)
2: the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially: the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity (a marathon runner's endurance)
3: the act or an instance of enduring or suffering (endurance of many hardships)
My daughter's sixth grade basketball team is headed to New Hampshire for the CAL Regionals today. That's right, her little nine-girl, one-practice-a-week, Catholic school basketball team! Yep, we're driving north early this afternoon, for what might be a full weekend of hoops—if it is, it will mean that they've not only endured, they've conquered.
And while they've been celebrating for the last two weeks (culminating with the big Pep Rally, in their honor, today) the Regionals await in a southern pocket of New Hampshire, and the girls are keenly aware of the double-kissed magic chips they'll have to pull from that pouch for further crowning glory. They'll be up against tough competition, but they've spirit, stamina, talent and desire, and they know how to have fun. I've never seen girls giggle and smile so much on the court as this little team. Come to think of it, they've got all the magic they need tucked away in their own silky pockets.
Regardless of where those chips fall, as this year's Division I State Champs they've already had a mighty sweet taste of triumph. They know what it takes to get there. So, too, do their coaches, bless their hearts (basketball is a full, six month season). They know a thing or two about endurance.
So today, we're gonna pump up the volume, get 'em ready for the games. Nothing gets my girl more pumped than the rock-n-roll resonating from her favorite British bands (she's enamored by all things British.)
Here, the soundtrack, the music that makes Ms. Lulu scream 'til her throat's achy and her voice, blissfully hoarse—the music of endurance: the beat of jump shots, finger rolls, dribble drive motion...
Hook shots, McNasties, steals, defensive rebounds...
Free throws, blocks, Hack-a-Shaqs...
Fast breaks, chase downs, three pointers...
Layups, hook shots, alley-oops, and MUSIC... like this little sixth grade team... that's endured.
(You didn't really think we'd get through this post without Mick, now did you?)
Play to the whistle girls. Game's on!