New picture now, and some thoughts on Brooke Valentine

It’s the one used with my column that runs in our print edition on Mondays. By the way, this has already been an unusual day, what with USI women’s basketball player Brooke Valentine deciding to sit out the rest of the season on pregnancy leave. I have to say that in my 32 years in the newspaper business, this was the first time I’ve had to write such a story. Having a child is a life-changing experience — the most important experience anyone can have. But knowing there is a person in this world who will always be a part of you no matter what, there’s nothing else like it. Ever since I heard about Brooke, I’ve been thinking about my two children. Both are adults now, but my wife and I still remember the day they were born like it just happened. We are better people for it.

One thought on “New picture now, and some thoughts on Brooke Valentine

  1. Best wishes to Brooke and the baby to be! I hope she can come back next year, but I can only imagine the day to day challenges of not only being a player, but also, mother, spouse, student, etc. at one time.

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