Jake – my youngest, recently ended his regular season play on the McGladrey ETLL team – that’s East Tonka Little League… for all you non residents. A wonderful season it was. We sat in the sun and while they ran around having fun. Some of the hottest days I can remember those kids played on that field for hours. They loved every minute of it. Just when I thought the season was put to rest…
I was asked – or rather ambushed by my gal pal – to host the Team Party. (And for the record, she would totally agree with that description of her request.) So in an effort to be creative and somewhat healthy – it was Taco Bar for 45! Parents, players and siblings alike enjoyed the blowout.
I only had to stop the team from running through the house once. That alone is amazing. Have you ever seen a 15 kids in a hot tub? I didn’t know it was possible, but now I have proof. You know its a good party when you find shoes, shirts and shorts strewn about the lawn. Total release of stress was what this party was about. And what a fun event!
It made me think about how this team has spent so much time in practice, in the dugout and on the field. I also thought about how we, as parents, can spend so much time in the stands. Days turn into weeks, that turn into seasons, and before we know it we’ve spent years standing next to the other parents. and we never really connect with each other.
The truth is that relationships require time. There really isn’t any other way to build one that’s worth it’s weight. I’ve heard some experts tout quality is more important than quantity time, but I’m not sure I buy it. I’m of the mindset that all relationships require time and lots of it.
Jake has asked me on more than one occasion if Jesus played ball. I would guess that they had a version of Nazareth Little League and Jesus knew about it. I’m not sure if he played on the Nazareth team, but I know he is on our team. All the time, I send prayers to heaven for letting Jake and the other kids play and for the parents in the stands supporting them.