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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.


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 […]


Coaching & Parenting: Knowing What To Say When and How

Michele Weldon | February 13, 2011

I have taught all my boys to read, ride a bicycle, drive a car, heck, even eat with a fork, make a bed or a sandwich, fold clothes and study for tests, plus 10,000 other life skills they need to know to be able to get from Monday to Tuesday and from kindergarten through college. But it is Coach Powell they listen to. He’s tough when he needs to be. Kind when it counts. A mother is not a coach and maybe it would be weird if we both delivered the same messages the same way. But we both want the same results.


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.


On Happiness and Enterprise Points as Life Lessons

Michele Weldon | December 15, 2010

I believe happiness is a byproduct of being productive, contributing to the world, even if that contribution on that day can only be measured at your address. I believe happiness is the result, not the goal. It’s the afterglow of accomplishment, the joy of doing something well, whether that is being a good friend, parent, partner or colleague.


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.


On Floods and What We Saved

Michele Weldon | August 2, 2010

As I stood on the second stair where the water began, I could see that this glistening, moving darkness was not in this corner or that, but everywhere. Deep and foul-smelling, the water moved silently until a plastic trash can tipped over or something else on a low surface upended and fell with a splash. It was still raining hard outside, but there was nothing to do until morning. Without power, it was useless to start cleaning it all up.


Mother’s Day Thoughts for Single Moms, Wrestling Moms and All Moms

Michele Weldon | May 7, 2010

Your children can make you cry, they just can, whether they mean to or not, and sometimes they really mean to. Teenagers can be particularly harsh; I have a friend who says sometimes teenagers are just not good people. I have two teenagers at 16 and 19 and a post-teenager at 21. But any therapist […]


October: Birthdays, Anniversaries and Teaspoons of Trepidation

Michele Weldon | October 11, 2009

I’m not crazy about October, used to be, but not so much the last three years. I had been crazy about it because it is the month of my mother’s birthday—her birthday is October 25, she was a Scorpio. She would be 85 this year, but we celebrated her last birthday in 2002. She was […]