Yesterday was filled with grandchildren activities. It began in the morning attending a piano recital, where 7 year old RJR performed. She’s a beauty, a brain and a talent. Normally she is quite self-assured, but got a little stage fright and refused to be the first on stage. But then regained her composure and when her piano teacher called the second time, she rose to the occasion, and played like a trooper.
Then in the afternoon I attended a baseball game of Prince William. Not an international affair, but one would think so, seeing the large crowds that attend little league games in this North Georgia town. A beautiful day, and dozens of little league teams warming up, awaiting their turn at bat. An all day affair at the local ball-park.
No absence of enthusiam, as hundreds of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and babies, gather around the baseball field to cheer the little leaguers on. And the crowd erupted when one little seven year old made a triple play.
I could hardly wait for Prince William to step up to bat, and watch him run like someone had wound him up. In his uniform and helmet, looked like a poster child for a Norman Rockwell magazine cover. While his mom, Liz stood behind me hooting, hollering, jumping up and down, cheering him on, could be heard above the crowd. Also cheering for every player on his team, and all the excitement, one would think these kids were already major leaguers.
It was quite impressive, watching all the coaches on the field, so engrossed in support of each little player, encouraging them with words of praise and a pat on the back, no matter what they did. Little league baseball is as Americana as apple pie. I couldn’t help feeling a sense of pride in this great country we live in.
Despite the fact I played basketball four years in high school, and later took up golf, I’ve never been a sports fan nut. It was really the social aspect of the game I enjoyed. Rarely watch baseball or football on TV, but do enjoy watching professional golf.
I do feel quite privileged to have lived long enough to enjoy being a part of Prince William’s life, and began teaching him golf in my back yard at 3 years old, plus helping him learn gardening. Now-a-days I don’t see as much of him, he’s so involved in school, scouts, piano, sports and travel. Now planning on a trip to Europe this summer.
However did plant his little garden, and potatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes are growing like crazy with all the rain we’ve had. Plus a few flowers.
This week enjoyed his 8th birthday and last weekend played the piano at his babysitter’s wedding. For his birthday he requested cupcakes topped with white icing and chocolate covered strawberries, his mom made for his entire school class. Never a dull moment!!
Yesterday, watching all those beautiful children play baseball, I couldn’t help but think the future of this country, and all it has to offer via freedom, this country is in good hands for its future.
Despite the fact I grieve over so much happening within our political government, there is hope, in the next generation, especially those educated in private schools, with dedicated parents, teaching good sportsmanship, fair play, and consideration for each other of their generation.
On this Mother’s Day, there’s much to be concerned about in this country, conversely much to take pride in, and one only has to watch a little league game to appreciate this. Observing 7 and 8 year olds play, and the participation of their parents, to know we can have hope for the future of this wonderful country.
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JUST ME AC