The Ref at home

One year ago, when I would leave for games, my son (then 2) would say the following:

“Daddy, please don’t go to West High School.  Please stay home with me.”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little Boy Blue and the man on the moon…

A little later that season, his perspective changed.

“Daddy, I”m going to come ref the game at West High School WITH you.”

I viewed that as progress.  Still later came this:

“Daddy, you’re reffing at West High School?  I’m reffing at Washington High School.”

Awesome!  And still more progress.

This year, now that he’s three, he takes my departures pretty well in stride.  He just wants to know the nicknames of the teams.


About Paul Hamann
I am a basketball referee in Washington State, working mostly high school games.

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