This holiday season I want to focus on people who make a difference in the world and today its the STEINBERG FAMILY (can I get a “WOOT! WOOT! HOLA!”)
This writing focuses on my brother Jeff but I will return to write about the rest of the family. Watch out! 🙂
Jeff has been my brother for….well, my whole life…and he was the one who pushed me to start working out. At 12. Nevermind I had a mild case of scoliosis LOL. Mind over matter. Jeff was using the slogan “Just Do It” before Nike (stole it and never paid him – but I digress).
Jeff pushed me (alright, bullied me, but in today’s world that’s a hot button word so let’s stick with “pushed” or better yet “lightly nudged” me) into playing football. We were an awesome duo. I think we could have gone far as the Dynamo Jew Bros of Garden City (Jeff even had a Jew ‘fro. It was actually a perm. Hey, this was the 70’s, everyone had a perm. I just had naturally, crazy hair so was left out when the family went for a “4 for 1” perm special, but again, I digress).
Later in life, Jeff was the 1st family member to treat me fully as an equal person when I came out. He was never scared to ask who I was dating and what was going on in my life. As an athlete, football player, and coach he was both in step with the times in some circles and ahead of the social acceptance curve in others. He definitely is what a man needs to be, confident and un-threatened and accepting. He could teach a course on this. (I could make some great, off-colour jokes here that would have you rolling in the aisles but as this is a family page I’ll save that for another place and time.)
Jeff was by my bedside on the other side of the country when I had a stroke without my asking. How could I, I lost the ability to speak. LOLOLOLOL I think some people wished that ability stayed lost. LOLOLOLOLOL
Again, when I was diagnosed with cancer and went through recovery, Jeff was there with me through it all (not in person as he offered and I told him it was up to somebody else in the family to fly to be with me as he had “done his time” 🙂
This past year, Jeff and Jocelyn (more on her later) opened up their home to me when I re-settled in California. They put up with me for longer than any of us had expected while I was getting back on my feet and in the game. Jeff always wanted to know how things were going, what my plan of attack was, and provided me with feedback, always challenging and championing me.
I know how long and hard he works. I know what a great quarterback he was and what a great coach he is. He is a great leader for his players, his coaching team, his school, and the community.
Most importantly, he’s a great husband and father. He doesn’t always get it right (LOL – what guy does…ask their wives LOLOLOL) but he always makes time for his family and is there when they need him.