Laura made dinner for me. Sometimes, pizza rolls are just what you need!
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“You don’t need a ticket to see some of the best baseball in the world. You just need to drive one of the players to the game.” – Unknown
It was a tough day for this kid at the ballpark today. He was tired and just out of sorts. He made some mistakes and dropped some easy catches. I could tell he was so frustrated and, yet, he couldn’t seem to get it together. The ride home was heartbreaking because he cried so hard about those mistakes. All the words in the world from this Mom just didn’t help. I even pulled out a story from my old volleyball days, when I started crying on the floor because I made a big mistake that cost us a set. I was 14 and a freshman in high school. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was my first varsity game and I stood completely still and missed my set. The ball hit the floor with a very loud thud. I stood on the floor for a few seconds in disbelief that I hadn’t moved at all. I walked off the floor to my coach, Sue Hembrough, looking at me. She said, “It’s a mistake. Forget it. We have to win Game 3. Get out there and show them that isn’t who you are.” Sometimes, you forget that they are kids and that they can’t always deal well with these emotions they feel. Letting your friends and teammates down is hard for a kid. He cried it out and talked to his daddy. He is all good now. Tomorrow, I will drive him to the ballpark for the best baseball in the world and he will get out there like today didn’t happen. Maybe someday though, he will look back and remember a coach saying, “Mistakes happen. Let it go.” If he learns nothing else, I hope he learns that.