Especially this one guy who was about 6'2" and gigantic. He ran into my goalie. They were both on the ground. Except then, the guy had my goalie in a choke hold (to pull him off the ball). The ref couldn't see from his angle--to him, it just looked like they fell on top of each other. My goalie stood up yelling. The ref yelled back at him. In the meantime, I tried to tell the ref that the player was dangerously out of control-- but the ref wouldn't listen to me.
Twenty seconds later, this same guy kicked one of my player's legs in half. Broke both of the bones. My player was laying on the field with his leg at an incredibly unnatural angle. It took surgery to repair it.
Because I couldn't get that ref to listen to me, my friend is walking around somewhere with a metal rod in his leg.
I could have prevented it from happening.I can't get it out of my head. And so, I want to fight everyone.
But then, tonight, my car got stuck in the snow. Just horribly stuck. In a parking lot. Three guys were trying to push me out. But it was too slippery. Finally, I told them to stop. One of the guys told me he'd drive me home-- his wife was waiting for him just down the block in their car.
He'd already pushed two cars out, and he helped another girl as we walked to meet his wife.
They were laughing when they met up with each other, and they sort of bounced into their car, where Hey Ya by Mat Weddle was playing on the radio. I felt like some little orphan who had seriously been rescued.
I cried. I had to pretend it was because I'd had a really hard day. But, really, it was because they were being so kind. And because I could tell they were absolutely in love with each other. And some days, when I accidentally wear my cowboy boots with the leather soles out into the rain that turns into 8 inches of snow-- so that not only does my car get stuck, but I can't walk without slipping-- I might cry if you drive me home.
I can't fix all the injustice in the world. I can't go back in time and tackle that guy who broke my friend's leg. But, I'm grateful for people who do what they can to help. A little goes a long way.