After a brief but heartfelt announcement expressing our sympathy to a rival school who lost a cheerleader to illness last weekend, we paused for a moment of silence. Two tiny towns, rival schools knit together by unimaginable grief and a pigskin.
The game went on, because that’s what we do. We play football, knowing that in the end, the ball isn’t the game. Community, self-confidence, courage, being a part of something bigger than yourself, relying on your teammates; that’s what it’s about.
All the teachers at our Tiny School received an ominous email today. “The State Board of Education has placed mandatory school consolidations on the agenda.” It’s not looking good for us, but if I know our people there will be a fight. A fight to save the atmosphere of tonight. A fight to save our heart.
We just played our last football game of the season. There was the usual cheering and laughter and jeering the coach (ahem), but there was also peace. Peace in the safety, comfort in the simplicity. We know not what the future holds, but right here, right now, we are community.
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