Saturday morning and it may as well have been the crack of dawn for me as we headed out bright and early. It was time for my son’s first baseball game. In case you missed yesterday’s post leading up to this EPIC moment, check it out here.
It was an unusually cold morning and we felt EVERY bit of it as we signed in and moved to our team area. Some of the parents and kids were huddled together and others were running around to keep warm. After a quick greeting and cheer to play ball, we were all pumped!
Well not everyone. You see what happens when you get a large amount of preschoolers together at once can lead to some emotional breakdowns that happened from start to finish of this practice and game.
The reasons were HILARIOUS. Check them out.
- It was cold. Oh wait. That was some of the parents.
- “WHY DO I HAVE TO WEAR A JERSEY? I DON’T WANT TO WEAR A JERSEY!”
- The kid got a hit and broke down crying.
- The kid didn’t get a hit and broke down crying.
- The entire group got together for a cheer and it was TOO loud.
- Coach brought the wrong snacks.
We needed an appearance from Tom Hanks.
Now my son was observing everyone as we waited to begin. I could see him trying to blend into me so that no one would really notice him. This kid turned on the shyness and as we ran onto the field, his tears began. I thought to myself, here we go…
I braced myself for every pep talk and bribe known to momkind.
As his tears, started to fall, the coach gave a quick speech and I noticed my son starting to calm down.
He gave one last ugly sounding sniffle, wiped his tears away, and headed over to the designated area.
The helmet went on (without a fight!) and the batter took his position.
Now I may be the mom and sure it was t-ball, BUT he was awesome! Getting caught up in the excitement and the coach’s praises, he happily jogged out to the field to take his turn and catch.
From there, he practiced throwing and then base running.
Have you ever seen really little kids base running?It’s very similar to when the bars close and all the drunks are walking around.
Most importantly, these kids were all doing things to be proud of and it showed! Every time I looked over to mine, he was smiling from ear to ear.
There are moments in parenting that we hold our breath knowing all could fall apart in an instant. I let the air out and cheered as loud as I could.
This could be the start of a beautiful career.
Provided we get through the first season, of course.
What experience do you like to bond with your kids over? Has there been one that they initiated that you didn’t like at first?
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