Welcoming Maya Rose Gamari....
TORRINGTON: When two of the most talented basketball players in our area, Eric Gamari and Christine Strawson got married, you knew it was just a matter of time before another potential athlete was brought into this world.
Well, on Friday night, yes that Friday night, during the height of the Blizzard of 2013, a baby girl named Maya Rose was born to two people who if you know them, you love 'em.
Eric Gamari played at a very high level during his time at The Gilbert School during his athletic career while Christine was a three-sport star at Torrington High School who now teaches at Naugatuck High School.
Eric is the head basketball coach at Torrington who gets to see his bride on game day when Christine keeps the book at the end of the scorers table, near her husband.
Their story is a great one and by the sound of things, how Miss Maya Rose came into this world and her name may just become something of lore as well.
After a due date of Tuesday, February 5, went by the board, the family was in an-moment-now mode.
With an impending large snow event on the way, Wednesday or Thursday may have been preffered but that didn't work out, setting up a blizzard versus a delivery day on Friday.
Neither of the parents -to-be ever backed down from a challenge in the sporting world, what makes you think they would blink at a blizzard named Charlotte?
So when the call was made by Mrs. Gamari to Mr. Gamari that it was "go" time, the coach didn't flinch, he just tried not to crash during a storm named Charlotte on his way to another Charlotte (Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington).
Showing a quickness both her parents possess, young Maya Rose was born at 8:23 p.m. after her mother and father arrived at the hospital at 3:15.
That's some good speed by a good daughter, taking it easier on her mom by avoiding a 12-hour plus labor.
Christine had longer volleyball matches in her day although the pain was substantialy less, even in tough games against Seymour.
Where did the name come from?
If you recall, one of the best point guards to ever play at the collegiate level at UCONN had also been called Maya (Moore) and a proud papa Gamari did hint that it may have played a part in the picking of the name.
Seven pounds, two ounces of joy for two of the best people you will ever run into.
It is thought to be the only birth that occurred at CHH on Friday night and I ran into a cardiologist Monday who was on call that night who thought so as well.
Welcome to the world, Maya Rose, you owned the night and are now part of a great family.
Congrats to the new parents and the entire family.