When we both had scheduling conflicts that kept us away from the sidelines for last week’s boys’ soccer game against Fork Union Military Academy, we were at a loss.How could we miss it? And how would Jonah and Cecilia make their way home after the game? It’s testament to the Grymes community that an amazing parent and friend offered to help us make it work, and that the trust between parents in this wonderful school community is so deep that we accepted the graceful open offer without a second thought.
In what was probably the best contest they’ve had all season, the Grymes boys ended up losing to Fork Union 4-2. This was the first loss for the boys’ soccer team, which has had such an incredible season thus far. With a physically very large team and a number of very skilled athletes on the field, Fork Union Military Academy came out strong with a 2-0 lead in the first half, and although the Grizzlies battled back to end the game with two hard-fought goals, the loss was especially devastating to the goal keeper. Jonah took shot after shot and walked off the field at the final whistle with his head hanging very low.
As a thirteen year-old goalie, it’s only natural to blame yourself for your team’s first loss, and our son took it especially hard. Yet, he was met with open arms by both his team and his coach, all of whom rallied around him. Jonah was consoled by his peers, encouraged for his skills and hard work, and acknowledged as a valuable member of a team. His teammates and coach embraced him and built him back up. They all shared equal responsibility for the game, all shared in the loss together, and all vowed to use the lessons from the game to do better next time.
With kindness – and compassion – this team of teenaged boys took a devastating loss and turned it into an opportunity to learn, support and encourage each other.
Grymes appears small to so many, yet the size of the school creates the opportunity to commit to each child personally and academically. Students, families, teachers and the truly excellent staff all share in an amazing journey. We are all a part of the collective heart that is Grymes.
As Grymes parents for two years now, we can honestly say that what makes a Grymes education truly exceptional is the community. We are grateful and humbled to have found and to be included in this loving school family. Thank you, Grymes, for this special community and for helping us to raise children with character.
Eric and Mary-Margaret Marshall are parents to two Grizzlies, Jonah ’17 and Cecilia ’18