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• Age is just a number!
Age is just a number!
By Duane Shimogawa Jr. – The Garden Island
There are thousands of birthdays everyday and after this weekend’s millions of celebrations, there will be one person that’s one year older.
But what’s that supposed to mean? Well, for one, it might signify an important milestone, because we do have to be fortunate if our age is near the century mark.
My mom, Cynthia is now something something years of age.
I won’t say the age, just to protect myself from a tongue lashing.
Well maybe not a tongue lashing, but I know she’d be not so happy about a lot of people knowing her age, just like any other person, who is past their 20s.
The number changes every year, but the person stays the same.
That’s what I really admire about her and you really have to know her, to see how special she really is. (I mean, come on, she did give birth to me).
She and my dad are the two most important people in my life and I didn’t realize that until I got out of college.
The sacrifices that they’ve made for me are just the icing on the cake.
When I was younger, I really didn’t understand how good I had it, but I look back now and realize that I actually got everything that I wanted and more.
But it’s really not about getting what I want, it was the fact that they took the time to bring and pick me up from practices and games.
Another important thing for me was to see them in the stands, watching over me when I played.
New Kapa‘a head football coach Sia Salausa explained to me that one of his goals is to bring more families out to watch their son’s play.
I applaud him for this because I realize how important it is to see mom and dad at the games.
Salausa also said that he’d like to bring the Kapa‘a community together and this may be the hardest of all of his goals, but I’m sure he and his staff will be able to do it, because they are taking the right steps from the very start.
He mentioned that if he instills a program that starts with discipline, the wins will follow suit and I agree that the Warrior football program will start to enjoy the same type of success as Waimea and Kaua‘i has throughout the years.
Sports, as I’ve said before, is very important to our community. It brings people together and acts as a way to breakaway from the everyday hustle.
The Kawaihau Community Little League program, who has enjoyed years of success, recently suffered some bad news. Kawaihau Little Leaguer Payton Bryan-Chung passed away.
His mother, Maile Bryan, his family, and everyone associated with the Kawaihau Community Little League program will miss Payton and the way he loved to play the game of baseball, but more importantly, they’ll miss an important piece to their community, which will grow ever so closer after Payton’s passing. My heartfelt condolences go out to Maile Bryan, her family, and the Kawaihau Community Little League.
There are certain things a mom will instill in you, that you’ll never forget, no matter how old you are.
For me, it was when she told me every single day before getting out of her car to go to school and that was to, “Try your best!”
These words are engrained my mind forever and no matter how old I am, she still tells me that same line!
Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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