July 15, 2010

take me out to the ball game

One of the things I admire most about kids is their quickness to make friends. Clover can be anywhere, see a kid her age, and instantly they’re friends. Half the time she sees Layne, there’s no “Hi Layne!” “Hi Clover!” they just walk right up to each other and start holding hands. They skip the unnecessary opening lines and just jump right into playing together. I love it.

My best friend, Jessika, and I became friends in a similar way and I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the first year our little brothers played baseball and Jon had been invited to play on the traveling all star team. My Mom kept telling me that the coach of the all star team had a daughter my age. So one game, I saw her playing by the water fountain with her other brother. I walked up said “Hi, my Mom said we should be friends”, she shrugged and said “okay!” and literally, we’ve been friends every since. At least 20 years of friendship started like that.

Jon and I loved hanging out with Jessika and her two brothers, Tyler and Sonny. Jon and Tyler are the same age, Jessika and I are a month and five days apart, and Sonny is in between the four of us. So, we all got along great.

Eventually, we went to different high schools and the boys stopped playing baseball together. Jon quit playing after high school, but Tyler kept going full force. He now catches for the Chicago White Sox on their Triple-A minor league team, the Charlotte Knights (in other words, the level right below the majors).

Last weekend the Charlotte Knights played the Gwinnett Braves, and we got to go watch Tyler play! He scored 2 runs, 1 of which was a home run, and they beat the Braves! It was so much fun watching him play and I was so proud of him!

This was Clover’s 1st baseball game, and she really enjoyed the french fries, the Gwinnett Bear, saying “go Tyler!” and the bear and giant finger Daddy bought her!

The Home Run Hit:
 Jessi will be so mad at me for posting this picture, but seriously, how cute is her little belly??
(btw, she is 5 days overdue and being induced Sunday! Can't WAIT to meet Hudson!)


1 comment:

  1. That is so cool! Looks like a great park; well attended! Joni