Highs and Lows

My high school son is a varsity basketball player. His team had the first league game the other night and Tad was “in the zone.” Had one of those terrific games–made 12 points, played a sizeable chunk of the game, drove hard to the basket, made two 3 pointers, etc. He was even in the paper the next morning!

We don’t take a minute of this experience for granted. Tad has plenty of games in which he sits on the bench, or is subbed in and makes an error and is quickly yanked. We have a lot of empathy for the benchwarmers. A lot.

But God has a pattern with my kids, which I attribute to years of prayer on their behalf. Just in case “the big head” becomes a temptation, God quickly permits a “zing”…just to keep things in perspective.

So the very next day after Tad’s big game, he was pulling out of the high school parking lot, made a left turn (illegal after 3pm) and was nabbed by a grumpy cop. His first ticket!

And the fun of the preceding evening evaporated, like mist, as a day spent in traffic school appeared.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Mocha with Linda says:

    Ah, welcome to Life 101, son of Suzanne! Congrats on the game, condolences on the ticket!

  2. Anonymous says:

    We can so relate to this. Our son was named homecoming king and received his fisrt ticket the same evening for trying to get home before he fell asleep and must have been going a little too fast. So glad we know the cops are out in the middle of the night.