Driving into the parking lot, I saw a car that looked familiar, but that I hadn't seen since last season.
I pulled into a parking space and saw one of my former athletes talking with another coach - he was the owner of the car. This young man was visiting our practice to see me, the other coaches, and the other kids.
Shortly after seeing him, two additional former athletes showed up.
We reminisced on fun times when they qualified for State and placed at the State meet. Good times were had by all each season I coached them. They talked about the difference I made in their athletic abilities. They talked about some life lessons I taught and methods I used to get messages across.
It's rare as a teacher or a coach to have kids come back later and tell you that you made a difference in their life, or even that you mattered to them in some way or even that they liked you and learned something from you. I love when it does happen and I love seeing former students/athletes go on to college/work and do amazing things.
This was one of those rare moments.
Shortly after we started practice, the sun came out and the weather was perfect.