Full Circle Moment

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When I was growing up, I quickly discovered that a sport that involved a ball was not my strong suit.

I gravitated towards running, something my skills could handle better.

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So, when my daughters started playing softball and other team sports, I just didn’t get it.

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But slowly, I began to understand the lessons that can be learned on the ball field.  Some good, some bad.  All valuable.

But this year, was a whole new level.

My girl, Sunshine, had the opportunity to be part of the All-Star team.  All-Star is the right description.  These girls are all stars and their coaches are all stars – because they are kind, fun and good-hearted people.

On the first night of practice, there was a parent meeting.  The head coach told us all about when he was 12, his little league team made it all the way to the “Flag Game” and won.

He told us how he could tell you each of those boys names but he couldn’t tell you much about the guys he played ball with in high school and college.  That his experience with those boys was priceless.

Again, I didn’t really get it.

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Well, my friends, last night those girls, those coaches and my girl – won the flag game.  For what I think is the first time for our sweet little community.

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The number of people who came out to the game and cheered was overwhelming.  The number of people who have spoken so kindly to my daughter in the last 24 hours have given her such a generous sense of accomplishment and confidence.

When the game was over, I went up to her coach and explained to him that I didn’t really get that story on the first night.

Now, I get it.

And he smiled and said, “And now, someday she will be able to tell the same story to her little league team.”

And, it was a full circle moment.

Thanks for reading and wishing you a full circle moment!

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  1. So glad you came full circle. My daughter played fast pitch softball since the age of 8. Her team had many championships over the years, but its the bonds those girls formed with each other that was most meaningful. My daughter is 26 now and was just a bridesmaid in “the catchers” wedding.

  2. Love it! My husband and I were never big athletes. Actually, never athletes at all! But, our middle daughter is a natural athlete. She just made her middle school basketball team, so it looks like we are going to be spending a lot of time in the gym. While I don’t really “get it” either, it is fun to have your child take you down a path that you never would have explored on your own! Tell your daughter congrats and that I am proud of her! Life to the full! Melissa

  3. Oh Laura…how fantastic!!!…I truly “get” that story…my hubby (and son) have been involved in baseball, softball and sports all their lives…my hubby has coached a team since he was 17 and till this day, he plays, manages and coaches 2 softball teams…and he can remember the names of those kids that he coached early on…and have kept up with their lives as fathers and then coaching their children….Congrats, congrats to Sunshine…what an accomplishment…and good luck on their future games!!!…I miss those days of watching the kids winning a state championship…Now, i watch ‘old men” playing softball like they were Little Leaguers!….

  4. Good for your daughter. I was not the softball type. I was a huge cheerleader from the age of five and I learned many lessons from participating in that. I learned dedication, respect and hard work. We competed in many competitions. I also learned that you don’t win all the time.

    Cynthia

  5. Oh, the little league memories that this post stirred. I remember those all-star games so well.

    Glad y’all got to have that experience and that you got to enjoy it with your daughter.