My heart aches

It was Monday, 7/15/2002. My wife was rushed away to have an emergency c-section. Shortly after, my daughter, Lena Berry, was born.

Lena was pre-mature (25 weeks), weighing only 1 pound, 3.5 ounces. She didn’t leave the hospital for another 3 months. The doctor bills were in excess of 1 million dollars. They called Lena the million-dollar baby.

Fast forward to today. My precious daughter is leaving to attend college at UNC Greensboro. I’m so proud of her, but my heartaches.

It aches because, like all parents, we want our kids to succeed beyond their wildest dreams, but we’re scared of the unknown (for them).

Upon further reflection, this is all a part of life. Instead, I’m focusing on the great times, and memories with my daughter. When I do this, tears of joy start running down my face.

During COVID times, parents have the raw ingredients needed to create their own great memories with their kids: time and access. Do yourself a favor, and make the best of these ingredients! Because at some point, your kid will be flying out the nest!

Just think, whatever you do with your kid today, they will pass these memories on to the next generation tomorrow!

About the author 

Coach Berry

John Berry (a.k.a. Coach Berry) has been a basketball coach and skill development trainer since 1993 and has coached hundreds of games and instructed 1,000’s of kids. Coach Berry is, and always has been committed to helping youth in life and on the basketball court.