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Sandbox Adventure List 20: The Diamond

2 Oct

He’d seen it a couple of times before. He’d seen the field, the chalk lines, the bases, the uniforms, and the players.

But he never played, not until now.

He’d played golf, soccer, and tennis. He’d been excited about all of them, but baseball was a different kind of excitement. It was The Sandlot kind and it was contagious. And even though I had been unknowingly drafted into being the Team Mom, I was still excited about the whole experience. I was excited to see him in uniform and to witness his first at bat.

Little League … it brings all kinds of excitement.

But I can tell you, I wasn’t excited about the parents. I don’t think most people are excited about the parents. It’s something very common, that peopled don’t talk about. We tend to keep it to ourselves, but it still exists.  In fact I’m one of those parents that doesn’t really like other parents. I mean just because you have a kid the same age as mine doesn’t mean we’re friends, and in truth I’m not into the fake talk. I’m not much for exchanging birthing stories with random people. You kind of have to grow on me. If you give me a good vibe, we’ll chat it up. If you seem like the Mommy-Me-Mafia type camouflaged in baseball clothing I’ll probably keep my distance. Surprisingly there weren’t too many unlikable parents on my son’s team, which was a relief. Don’t get me wrong there were plenty out there, luckily none belonged to my son’s team.

But all that didn’t matter, because when my son stood out on that baseball diamond, I forgot about everyone else and cheered him on. I was proud of his hustle. He makes for a good shortstop, although he’s not too fond of the pop fly. Nobody on his team seems to be, but that’s O.K. I love those Bad News Bears moments, that’s how they seemed to bond. And he seemed to enjoy playing on the team. So we’ll be sticking around for the rest of the season, making our weekly visits to the diamond. Parents beware.

 

Waiting in the dugout, waiting to hit their first homerun.

Waiting in the dugout, waiting to hit their first home run.

 

It was a little overcast in the beginning, but as the hits kept coming the sun came out. I was happy that my son was able to connect, even if the pitches were way up there. Kids often have a determination to smack that ball even if it's not in the strike zone.

It was a little overcast in the beginning, but as the hits kept coming the sun came out. I was happy that my son was able to connect, even if the pitches were way up there. Kids often have a determination to smack that ball even if it’s not in the strike zone.

 

The sun came out as they took the field ... Baseball ready.

The sun came out as they took the field … Baseball ready.

 

One of the Bad News Bears moments, where everyone felt the need to help, but in the end my son was able to get the ball and make the play to first.

One of the Bad News Bears moments, where everyone felt the need to help, but in the end my son was able to get the ball and make the play to first.

 

Heading toward third and making his way home. He was pretty ecstatic that they didn't tag him. High-fives all around when he reached home plate.

Heading toward third and making his way home. He was pretty ecstatic that they didn’t tag him. High-fives all around when he reached home plate.

 

In the end it was a good Bucket List Adventure.

In the end it was a good bucket list adventure for both of us..

 

 

 

Sandbox Adventure List 19: Feeling The Blue Fever

9 Sep

It was the bottle-me-up moment of the night … that one special moment you want to bottle up and save for those crappy days ahead. I caught it.

I caught The Blue Fever … and it was sweet.

My son first saw parts of their show on television … and then decided it was DVR-Worthy. Everyday-of-the-week-DVR-worthy. This is where the craze started. Everyday after his sister’s nap we heard the ba-donka-donk song followed by Luke Skywalker musical sabers swishing around and an eclectic xylophone with great tunes.

Apparently Ellen DeGeneres was giving away tickets to her entire audience, unfortunately for my son, we were sitting on the couch watching. We were nowhere near the studio audience and all the originality that is Blue Man. But it didn’t matter that we only saw it through television, he had caught The Blue Fever as soon as he had seen it.

The unique intensity and humor of the performance came through and it was something he wanted to witness. And the funny thing was that everything about it was an adventure for him from the printing of the tickets, to the bus ride, to packing the picnic basket and then to finally arriving to the outdoor show. It was something to look forward to, something to get excited about. All the little steps that I often take for granted when going to a concert or event took new meaning through my son’s eyes. They became moments of excitement and anticipation. In this Sandbox List Adventure, I realized that some things are better when living  through the perspective of my five-year old … things like The Blue Fever.

 

The Blue Man Group awaited us.

The Blue Man Group awaited us.

 

We didn't walk to the bus, my son insisted we run toward our adventure. And so we did. I was lucky not to have dropped the camera on the way.

We didn’t walk to the bus, my son insisted we run toward our adventure. And so we did. I was lucky not to have dropped the camera on the way.

 

Not only was this his first concert, but this was also his first bus ride. He constantly looked out the window to see what was coming up next. And as all the adults sat impatiently, sent text messages, or listened to music my son smiled at every landmark and took in every moment of the adventure. I totally enjoyed watching every minute of it.

Not only was this his first concert, but this was also his first bus ride. He constantly looked out the window to see what was coming up next. And as all the adults sat impatiently, sent text messages, and listened to music my son smiled at every landmark and took in every moment of the adventure. I totally enjoyed watching every minute of it.

 

The traffic was so heavy that we arrived in the evening. But that didn't matter, because the bus ride rocked.

The traffic was so heavy that we arrived in the evening. But that didn’t matter, because the bus ride rocked.

 

This is where the magic happened and we stayed tuned for it.

This is where the magic happened and we stayed tuned for it.

 

... as did the other little fans in the audience ... although most of them looked happier than this.

… as did the other little fans in the audience … although most of them looked happier than this.

 

Working their magic, making us laugh, entertaining us all with their music moves.

Working their magic, making us laugh, entertaining us all with their music moves.

 

The evening continued and one of the best parts was the grand finale ... complete with fireworks and the encore.

The evening continued and one of the best parts was the grand finale … complete with fireworks and the encore.

 

Checking out the grand finale and all of its amazement.

Checking out the grand finale and all of its amazement.

 

The night was great ... and then came the masses heading to the parking lot and we were two of them.

The night was great … and then came the masses heading to the parking lot and we were two of them.

 

 

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