Because we’ve been married 44 years, there aren’t too many things I don’t know about Hubby. So, it was interesting last week to be on the phone with him and Gunny and listen to them talking about their wrestling experiences in high school, sparked by the fact that Jay, Gunny’s son and our only grandson, has just started wrestling as a freshman (on varsity! — the proud Nana said).
Gunny said that he remembered his first “pin” (win). It was a guy who had beaten him the first time they competed. He said achieving that “first” was almost as much fun as seeing the shocked look on the other kid’s face that Gunny had beaten him this time.
Hubby surprised me when he said he remembered that first win for Gunny too. Gosh, I think I went to most of Gunny’s wrestling matches, but I honestly don’t remember much about them. But, I guess it’s okay because apparently Hubby remembers Gunny’s wrestling experience much better than I do. Probably because I never wrestled!
Then Hubby told us about his first win in wrestling, which I don’t remember ever hearing before. He said that when he walked back to the team bench, apparently he must have looked pretty proud of himself because the coach smiled at him and said “Today, I am a man.” A funny but nice tease about his obvious pride but also an acknowledgement of his achievement.
And now last night Jay called to tell us that he had had his first “pin”! A milestone in his life that he wanted to share with both of us, but especially Grandpa.
“Today, I am a man.”