Sometimes when people find out that we chose to move back to Dayton, they appear to be a bit baffled. They ask why we would move to the midwest after living in Washington, DC with all its culture and restaurants and national monuments. Really? You chose to come back here?
There are many reasons we could give them for moving back. I think, however, that last night was one of the biggest draws for us. The sense of community that is harder to find in a big city. The feeling of neighbors really caring for neighbors. That was certainly put on display last night.
Most of the time our field hockey team has to play on a field that has no lights, not a lot of parking and is kind of hard to find. People show up for the games and cheer them on, but I’ll just go on record as saying I don’t think the girls get all the respect they deserve. They are good. Really good. They win a lot. We are hoping they will go all the way to state this year and they have a good chance.
Last night we had the chance to play under the lights on the football field and our girls put on a good showing. Both the varsity and the JV won their games and did us proud. We had a tremendous turnout. I think there were somewhere between 400-500 people. It was amazing.
And when I took the field at halftime, all of those people were staring at me. And then they listened to my story. And then they clapped for me and I felt like I was getting a big hug from each of them. It was awesome.
Know what else was awesome? The fact that we raised over $4000 dollars for the National Lung Cancer Partnership. That means that more research will be done, more education will be done and the awareness of this disease which ANYONE can get will be raised.
I am so thankful to all those who helped put this together. I know it was more work than anyone will admit.
And that, my friends, is why we live where we live.