We met because our children played in the same basketball league. My son and his daughter were on a team where the coach was stretched too thin. I volunteered my older daughters as coaches and every week we tried to be there for extra support and practice.
One game stands out in my memory. The opposing team had ringers and parents so focused on winning that they badgered and heckled our team.
I approached one of the league officials and asked her to intervene. She refused.
Our kids lost and we comforted them with words about how hard they had played and how unfair it all was.
Now it just seems like a metaphor for all that was yet to come.