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Unprecedented times keep me thankful

Dewayne Roberts, third from left, stands with his support system, who are, from left: Myles Duffield, grandfather; Valerie Roberts, mother; and on the right, Ronny Roberts, father. (Daily Record File Photo)

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By Dewayne Roberts
Special to RDR Sports

Dewayne Roberts (Daily Record File Photo)

During these unprecedented times, it is hard to get caught up in everything and forget about the great things that we have surrounding us in our everyday life. During this time of the year, we are going to celebrate a little different, we need to be thankful for things that we do have around us. As a coach today, when in-person learning was not happening, I am extremely thankful that we had the opportunity to get to work with our athletes even in a limited fashion.

These workouts allowed the athletes to get back to a somewhat normal situation, and also provided a much-needed release for the coaches and get us back doing what we love to do: coaching our kids. Having that little amount of time with my players made it priceless and took away from what was going on around us. For those few hours with my kids, I am thankful and appreciative. I am thankful for the fact that by coaching volleyball, it allows me to have an influence on kids, especially during this time.

Being an educator during this time in history is a challenge, but I am thankful to still be able to do the job that I love. I am thankful that we have been able to keep in touch with our students and still be able to influence them, even if it is through a computer camera. I have found that students are craving a structured schedule and face-to-face time and I am thankful that I can help fill this void through teaching.

Education and teaching is at a different place that most have never faced before, and I’m thankful that we are still able to have time with the students and be able to provide them not only learning, but also a place that they can just talk.

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The holiday season is always about family and being around family and close friends. This season I am grateful for the friends that I have and the support that they have given me throughout this pandemic. Friends are often considered an extension of family and that is how I view my friends and I am very thankful for them.

Family is very important and a big deal for me. I cannot be more thankful for the family that I have and all they have done for me, not only this year but all the time. Without the presence of my family, I would not be where I am today, being able to do something that I love. From my education to my career and personal goals being achieved, I would not have been able to do any of this without the support of family.

During the times that we are facing, it is easy to forget the things that we are thankful for. I encourage everyone at this time of year to remember what you are thankful for. Even though the times are challenging and things have not been “normal” for a while, there is always something that we can be thankful for.