Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Another Season Ends . . .


The little league season came to a disappointing end last night for my 10 year old son. It was the championship for the AAA division, and it ended in a crushing loss of 11-0. All season long, through injuries and bad weather, they persevered to be one of the top two teams in their division. They try to act tough and mature during the season, whether it be to not cry when hit by a rogue pitch, or to impress the girls that hang near the dugout. But when faced with agony of defeat in the final game, they momentarily turn back into little boys - with red eyes and faces streaked with tears. It is hard not to cry along with them and to tell them that in all the disappointments they will face in life, this will not even be a blip on their radar screen. At that moment, all they see is the other team cheering and celebrating, and the world is a little darker for them.

Resiliency is strong in little boys, though. After an ice cream at the local Dairy Queen and a promise of a banquet where they will receive second place trophies, spirits seem to brighten. As they say goodbye to their friends on the team, they think forward to next year; another year of opening day, green fields, mosquitoes, Big League Chew and cheering fans in the bleachers. So, let's wait until near year . . .

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