for the young athlete who shows up for each and every basketball practice, but doesn't get noticed?
for the parents who cheer from the stands, clapping at each and every basket . . . none of them the young athlete's because he's sitting on the bench?
for the young athlete who sits on the bench, high fiving subs as they come in and out of the game?
for the parents who smile, painfully aware that the young athlete only played a minute in the first quarter, four minutes the entire game, or not at all?
for the young athlete who really is quite good but, for whatever reason, is never allowed to prove himself?
for the parents who contribute to the coach's gift, despite the fact he never gives the young athlete a chance?
for the young athlete who, after celebrating with the team, gets into the car discouraged and feeling inadequate?
for the parents who don't know what to say to him?
What's the lesson here?
If you have one, tell me, because I surely don't know.