A few nights ago my husband and I went to see “The Mighty Macs.” I think my eyes welled up with tears more times than I can count on both hands. Good tears, tears of conviction, tears of remembering, and tears of joy.
The Mighty Macs is about the 1971 Immaculata girl’s basketball team that went from nothing to National Champions in one year—because they believed in themselves, trusted in each other, and were committed to their dream.
Watching the movie reminded me how much we as women need each other. We need community, we need a team at our backs as we run, and leading the way when we fall behind. We need each other.
When I was a little girl the basketball gym was the ground on which I built my relationship with my father. My fondest memories are layered with the smells of a basketball court and locker room (to me they are heavenly smells).
What I learned during those years of my life is that when women commit together to a dream, that dream has no choice but to be achieved. Together we are strongest.
Each of you out there are my team. You are the women whose commitment pushes me to renew my own.
Infertility can separate us, can isolate us, and can leave us feeling abandoned and alone. The one time in our lives, perhaps more than any other, when we need each other we find ourselves teammate-less.
Today I want to remind you that you are not alone, and that there are legions of teammates in the shadows cheering you on. We are here, we are together, and when we are together committed to our dreams, anything can happen.
Because of each of you I will not give up until the day I walk into a gym to see my father lifting my daughter up to the basketball net for her very first shot. Together we will reach our dreams.