Fathers Love Essay

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Coming into my freshman year in high school was probably the worst time of my life. Though I was never teased in school, my height frightened a lot of kids so this prevented me from making any friends. Have you ever seen a female Shaquille O’Neal at the age of fourteen who had huge feet? Well I was that teenager who everyone would to refer to me as the female Shaq. I was this tall girl who wore glasses, very shy, and nerdy. Even though I was tall I never thought about playing any sports because I had absolutely no coordination and was horrible at running. I never really had any confidence in myself like I should have had, but my dad did for sure. A few simple words from my father, the one ...view middle of the document...

” I’m right handed, so you can imagine how many times the ball either went the other direction or hitting myself in the face. It was time to take laps; I started to run and tripped at every chance. My huge feet wouldn’t work and my legs felt like jelly. I was so frustrated with running and unable to dribble a ball that I ran out of the gym crying.
As I ran to the gym doors, I made my way to my car to grab my cell phone. While walking on the sidewalk on this sunny day, I called my father to complain. He’s doing what anything father would do for their daughter and that’s listening to them. In the middle of my rant, he stopped me in mid-sentence and said “Alisha you are a Wiggins, you’re strong, tough, and smart. Do not let your fear continue to hold your back from achieving anything you want in this world.” Hearing my dad say such words was just enough to get me back in there.
Over the course of weeks of training and conditioning ourselves for our first game, the roster came out on who made the Jr varsity team or varsity team. I didn’t go look at it at first, because I didn’t feel as if my skills were good enough to start. I eventually had enough courage to go look at the board, long and behold, there it was my name was on the roster as starter and the jump ball positions. The coach pulled me to the side and said “I don’t know what your father said to you, but whatever it was; I saw a big difference in you throughout these few weeks.”
Its game time, our first home game and I’m absolutely nervous almost to the point of passing out as hours goes by. My nerves are doing the salsa, thinking to myself I might as well get over this and play my heart out. It’s time for the jump ball, quietly I say a prayer to myself to make sure I get up there and knock this ball to one of my team mates. To my surprise, my jump...

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