Thursday, May 1, 2008

It's all about the treat that comes after the game

UB had a T-ball game the other day. I don't know if y'all have ever had the chance to go see a T-ball game, but just to make you laugh, I'd go. The competitive T-ball is a lot more fun to watch than the regular T-ball. Strikes are counted, outs are counted and so are points.

These are 4,5 and 6 year olds wanting to show their parents how well they play. UB's team played another team that was very good. But UB's team was having fun. I'm not sure their coach was, but the kids were.

The majority of the kids out on the field were distracted. The catcher was twirling around as he looked at the clouds. The first base girl was staring into space. The second base girl was sitting on the ground. The shortstop man was yelling at his mom to ask if he could go to his dad's house. My boy was on third base and was actually paying attention. The out fielders were all picking weeds and talking to each other and one of the girls was trying to fix her pony tail. The coach was with the outfielders probably trying to figure out the best way to get off the field without anyone realizing he was not there.

Our team was getting their hiney's kicked. I think the score ended with 20-8. But the kids didn't care if they lost, they just wanted the snow cones at the end of the game.

They would come to the dug out and each child would ask their mom, "are we getting snow cones?" So much for the game. I think they decided they were just going to play in order to get a treat.

I had fun watching them because while there were a few tears (UB's included), they all had fun and you could tell by the way they looked to the stands whenever they stopped a ball or whenever they hit the ball and scored a run, all they really were interested in was mom or dad's approval.

The smiles on their faces when mom or dad gave them the thumbs up made me realize that we are just like kids. We do something and we look towards heaven to see how proud He is of us. And I'd like to believe that He's looking down at us with his thumbs up saying "good job".

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