Mad for…Melissa

Joy is a sign of generosity. When you are full of joy, you move faster and you want to go about doing good to everyone. St. (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta

About a year ago or so, my youngest son, Zach, took up the sport of tennis. He’s now a freshman at Guerin Catholic and he’s been busy learning the routine of high school, meeting new people, and playing on the GC tennis team. It’s remarkable how many times I have had the pleasure of getting to meet amazing folks through the adventures undertaken by my three silly sons. Today, I’d like to introduce you to a beautiful woman I recently met named Melissa Kolb. I wish I would have thought to take her picture while she was cheering on her son Jak at the GC tennis courts today, but I didn’t. She’s pictured above in an old photo I was able to drum up. She’s just as gorgeous in person!

I have only just met Melissa but she has inspired me by her radiance. This is a joyful and generous woman. At each match we have attended, she has taken a few minutes to say hello and we’ve gotten just a little more acquainted. Melissa is a cheerful, sunny woman. She is also the team mom. As a veteran at the team mom gig, I can tell you that these are roles filled with responsibilities as well as a significant commitment of time. Generously, she has shared her organizational genius with the 35 or so families in the program, making sure our boys get a bite to eat after school before weeknight matches– and she’s a phenomenal communicator as well.

I chose this famous Mother Teresa quote today because when I read it this evening, I thought of Melissa! I knew she was a generous and kind woman before I even met her, based on her offering of time and the sacrifices she had already made for the benefit of other GC tennis families and young men. Then, when I spoke to her in person, she just had the most engaging and truly upbeat personality. She’s both graceful and effervescent, which is a tricky combination to pull off.

Not knowing her as well as I’d like just yet, I can’t say for sure what kind of mom and wife she is, but I’d be willing to put money on the fact that anyone who finds themselves a regular in her path is blessed beyond measure. It seems like a pretty sure bet!

Thanks for the generous and joyful way you make your way through life, Melissa. You are charming, winsome and lovely and I find your positivity inspiring! You can count me a fan already. Congrats to your handsome boy for the success he had on the court today! GO GOLDEN EAGLES!!