Tag: ‘brendan’


Why We Love Ellis Now and Always

Michele Weldon | April 23, 2012

At 20, Ellis is the youngest member of the Olympic wrestling team and one of the most successful wrestlers in the wrestling room coached by Mike Powell. All of us who watched Ellis’ career bloom from 2005-2009 can recall Coach Powell kissing Ellis on the top of the head before each match. And then Ellis would go out and annihilate his opponent.


10 Life Lessons I Learned Watching Wrestling

Michele Weldon | January 13, 2012

It’s Friday night and I am in a Coralville, Iowa hotel room, a little weary from the four-hour drive from Chicago west on 88 and then even west-er on 80, past texting truck drivers and horizontal snow winds, miles of empty ice-dusted fields and about 1,000 signs for Subway. I just finished putting six turkey, cheese and spinach sandwiches I made this morning and about a gallon of Vitamin Water in the small humming refrigerator for Colin to eat tomorrow after the weigh-ins for the Iowa City West quad against Apple Valley and Marmion.


Nowhere else I’d rather be: Gearing up for Colin’s final high school wrestling season

Michele Weldon | November 16, 2011

In the stands every wrestling season since 2004 I have had plenty of anxiety attacks about what work I needed to do once I got home, what I needed to get accomplished for the house or for life, how to keep all the pins juggling in the air. But it was always worth it to go, spend most of the day in a gym wearing the orange and the blue just to see what splendor my sons could create. And it was splendid, even if the gym smelled bad and the other parents were sometimes hostile and some kids cried when they lost.


It’s Father’s Day at Every House

Michele Weldon | June 19, 2011

The truth is many men need to step up to their responsibilities. It is not a class issue, a race issue or even a generational issue. It is a human rights issue.
Today my oldest son forwarded me an email from the head of a much bigger household. Barack Obama, himself raised by a single mother in the absence of a father, writing from the White House.


Mother’s Day and Everyday: Choosy Mothers Have to Choose

Michele Weldon | May 7, 2011

For a few years when the boys were small I went out to eat on Mother’s Day with them, paid the hefty brunch prices and basked in the boys’ adoration, even if they did keep asking the waiter to refill the bread basket so many times he was deeply annoyed. I felt as a single […]


On Concussions, Bad Dreams and Good Outcomes

Michele Weldon | January 28, 2011

From where I was now standing , I could see Colin unconscious, completely immobile, out. In my mind’s eye, in that future scary place I go to and have gone to since they were daredevil toddlers, I saw him paralyzed. Forever. I saw him in a wheelchair, 30 years old. I saw me pushing him, I saw his life changed from this very second. But it was just a bad thought. It did not come true.


Battle Hymn of the Huskies Moms

Michele Weldon | January 20, 2011

I have read a lot of comments about the new book, “Battle Hymn of The Tiger Mother.” And this is what I think. It takes a big parent to admit her reach is limited. It takes a realistic mother to understand that it is not optimal to have your influence over your child be so enormous that it shapes everything the child does or hopes to become. I do my best. I strongly suggest. I mandate. I insist. But I do not believe parenting is meant to be a battle. And the battle hymn we sing as parents should be a song that is inspirational, uplifting and not just noise in the background.


Wrestling Bros and a New Year

Michele Weldon | January 1, 2011

Wrestling is not just about mothers and sons, fathers and sons, but brothers. My oldest son, Weldon– in from college for holiday break– has been training and coaching his youngest brother, Colin at tournaments, in the wrestling room. True, they have been wrestling each other in the basement, living room, family room, hallway and stairs (can’t make that up) since they could all walk, but this is different. This is an older brother passing down his expertise to help his youngest brother shine.


We all want our hand in the air

Michele Weldon | December 10, 2010

Colin has been doing well so far this season, 6-2; had some tough matches, won most, lost a few. I saw them all. And I was screaming like a maniac at every win. I like to win. I like my sons to win. Of course it isn’t everything. But it’s pretty nice when it happens, […]


Wrestling Moms Prove Screaming is Good for the Soul

Michele Weldon | November 23, 2010

Wrestling moms are loud in the stands. We try to be positive and not use the death words. No “Kill him, crush his face,” any of that. We just scream. As you see here, I am not the only one who believes a good mom scream goes a long way while watching your child wrestle.