Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tis the Season...Baseball Season That Is

Red dust between my toes, sandals are never a good idea; but, ahhhh those toes haven't breathed in that much fresh air for too many months. Glad I brought a jacket, the popcorn scented breeze is cool, it'll be too hot soon.

The familiar sounds make me feel at home, the thwack of a ball in a mitt, the ring of a hit, laughter, groans, little kids whining for one more treat from the snack shop. Steeerike!

There are the stands full of familiar faces, "Hi, were we on the same team three, two, years ago? The phrases we haven't spoken for 9 months come back easily...

"Keep your eye on the ball!"

"Way to get a piece of it!"

"Heads!"

And my favorite, "It's all right, you'll get 'em next time!"

I love the way my boys still leave the dugout to say,"hi", and ask for pointers, which I willingly give them, as Adorable Hubby rolls his eyes. I dread the days when they come over to cry because things didn't go their way; but, not as much as the thought that one day they won't want my hug and tender meaningless words, at least not in public, in front of peers and coaches.

I love watching boys grow, 13 year olds are all sizes and shapes, some are still scrawny with huge feet, others look like they shave each morning. They are finding their personalities and voices as well, it doesn't take long to match parents and boys.

I look forward to this season, like I look forward to spring. It's one of those things that didn't make it into the life plan I envisioned in High School, or college or even after the births of #1 or #2. #3, my first baseman, my miniature Babe Ruth, he brought me this love. "I gotta go say hi to some friends Mom, I'll meet you at the car. Oh and Mom, thanks for bringing the treats!"

"Thanks for bringing me to the love of the game #3."

11 comments:

Suz said...

You are the BEST baseball mom.

I still have a love for softball. I haven't quite figured all the soccer rules out, but it sure is fun to watch. Maybe one of the little ones will play baseball or softball.

It best thing about spring is it is totally pedicure time. yeah!

S'mee said...

Great post. Our boys never got into baseball; we were more soccer and rock climbing. The feelings were the same though.

For me, there has never been a time when my boys haven't shown me public affection and/or attention. My girls on the other hand became a tad aloof as they entered womanhood(20+)...as it should be. They need to be their own woman, and leaving mom on the bench is a way for them to test their own confidence and strength. They don't totally ignore me, but there is a difference now that they are living on their own. : )

That said I still get calls from time to time (like today's, to inform me of the earthquake excitement) for updates, info, recipes, or interior design help. Man troubles? They call their dad. : )

Adams Family said...

I am excited for my boys to play sports. Let us know when some of the games are we love watching.

Josie said...

I just came across your blog and had to tell you how amazing you are! All those handsome boys... my my!

Deb said...

This is one of the things I look forward to as the mom of a boy. But, I just have the one. I expect dancing lessons with the girl.

I expect it!!

Debi (Dubs2007) said...

This is the first year for us and "tball", I am excited, and nervous. my oldest daughter doesn't want to do "sports" she wants to dance and draw, my second LOVES sports. I am excited, this year we will have a soccer and Tball star, and a dancing artist. I am curious to see what my 3rd will want to do,...

lovely post!

Techno Grandma said...

Now that was dumb of me--when you borrowed butter to make baseball treats it didn't register that I could go watch a game!! Next time clue me in. I'm getting dense in my old age. And it was such a pretty day--sigh.

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

Ahh, yes, the joys of watching our little ones run around, get dirty, and make friends all while breathing in fresh air and getting exercise! For us, it has been soccer this season, but baseball is in the plans one day very soon.

Don't you just love spring???

Wonderful post!

Mrs. Nurse Boy

Kathy @ Real Mom, Real Life said...

Cute post... We did the baseball thing for a few years. I don't know how you do it with all your little men... I was wiped out by the time we had three playing!!!

mandi said...

Such a great description! Felt like I was there.

3 Bay B Chicks said...

My favorite part of this post..."heads", which is something that I had completely forgotten about baseball and the fact that your boys look to you for advice and not your husband.

Very funny! It also brings back great memories of watching my brother's baseball games as a kid.

-Francesca

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