One day I thought it’d be fun to take a pic of my husbands balls… um, game balls, interceptions, fumble recoveries, etc that he had earned in the nine years as a Bear … then our son walked in and messed up my perfectly aligned photo op.
What resulted is that I captured an image of our changing priorities in life. From glamour to googoo. We were getting a glimpse into what was to come and we were responding responsibly. College tuition accounts, eliminating all debt and prioritizing saving over spending.
For the life lesson that saving will always trump spending, I honestly think the lockout is one of the best scare tactics to prepare athlete families for life after football. I don’t know how many times we’ve been asked. ‘So how long this do ya think this whole lockout thing will last?’. As if anyone knows that answer. But the financial reality is just being hammered home to many players who may have relied on off-season incentives to keep up with the Kardashians. However, the reality is, in football, a player is potentially just one play away from being retired every time he steps on the field. So we should always be prepared for what is next.
Yes, personal accomplishments are still celebrated on a stage so grand… so don’t take your husbands balls for granted. (Game balls, etc of course) But strangely, life, i.e. your kids, can dwarf even the largest stadium’s roar. Ugh especially our kids at 5am. So be prepared… for anything to come into your picture.