Few children are lucky enough to find something in life that they love doing more than anything else in the whole world, something that they could do all day, every day, and never tire of it. My son found his when he was 5.
This was back in the brief period of time when he was in public school. He came home with a flyer for a T-ball team. I signed him up, thinking he'd probably have fun.
Actually, let's back up, it was probably before that. You want to take a guess what his first word was? No, sadly, it wasn't Mama (and, trust me, I tried hard) It wasn't Daddy. It had nothing to do with food. Yep, it was BALL. Back then, we had no idea how that one word would permeate this little boy's being.
From as early as I can remember, he was happiest when playing with some sort of ball.
But, I had no idea that playing baseball would make him so happy.
So extremely happy.
He plays all sports with enthusiasm, but when baseball season is here, every thing else in the world takes a back seat to baseball.
This boy waits outside for his daddy to get home from work every single day, with glove, bat, and balls ready, rain or shine. And his daddy plays ball with him, every single day.
This boy begs to go to baseball games and practices an hour early and then begs to stay an hour later.
He will stay outside and play ball when all the other boys are done and want to go home. He'll play until it's so dark, he can't see the ball anymore.
He plays ball in the house and in the rain.
He even plays ball with his little sister.
His determination amazes me. He never tires of it. He practices and practices and practices.
Don't get me wrong, he likes other things too. He likes Spelling (especially when it involves playing Scrabble), animals, reading (especially when it involves animals), and fishing. Honestly, he loves everything to do with nature and the outdoors. But he loves baseball more.
According to him, nothing would make him happier than playing baseball every day for the rest of his life.
And nothing makes this mama happier than watching her son do something he loves so much and that brings him so much joy. There's just nothing like it!