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Friday, October 12, 2012

A Love Letter to T. Ball. (Or: What's In A Title?)

 Aloha,

 With only fifty days before my first draft deadline of WIP #1, I am, nah-yah, somewhat "stressed" when it comes to writing.









So, in order to combat the claustrophobic lack of time I feel surrounding my remaining seven wrinkly braincells, I took a day off.

As you do.

A complete not-a-single-WIP-word, Thursday off.

I wasn't a Writer.

I wasn't a Researcher.

I wasn't a Stats-Checker.


I was, however, a baseball coach.


A terrifically bad baseball coach.







But I was a coach...







...to poor No. 1 Son, who is by default my guinea-pig experiment into being a Parent Coach.


His first ever T-ball "game" is soon.

He's excited.

I'm excited that he's excited.

Maybe I'll write about it.

Maybe I shouldn't...

But, I'll definitely coach it.

Because.... I've signed up...

(thrusts chest out, while sucking in former six-pack, turned current keg :)

...to be an "assistant coach" with a vivid imagination.

The Coaches schedule is coming through on the email...

Let me see.... the responsibilities of the assistant coach are...

(I'll be the bench coach and the hitting coach... ohhh, will I get a stopwatch?)

The email opens with nary a click.

The search is on. What does the assistant coach do?

THE LINK is found... I read...

"The assistant coach is responsible to organize snacks, picture day and general team logistics."

Snacks?

Picture Day???

Did Joe Torre, Yogi Berra or Mike Scioscia ever organize snacks, picture day and general team logistics.

I have no idea, but when I see my beautiful boy step up to the plate for the first time, I will gladly slice oranges and be Gen. Logistics until the Cubbies win the World Series :)


Have a HAPPY Friday everyone, and remember...


"Let's Play Ballllll !!!"


 
 
 
 

32 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, snacks are very important! Those boys will be hungry.

Kyra Lennon said...

He is so freaking cute! Hope the game goes well! :D

Suzi said...

I agree. Snacks: very important. If they don't have the proper snacks, they will lack energy and the game will be lost. This is a lot of pressure. You can handle it.

Also. Pictures: very important. Ten years down the road he will not remember how many runs he scored. How many games he won/lost. But he'll look at that picture. And remember he had fun. And see that Dad was there... So smile nicely.

Miranda Hardy said...

Snack organization is very tricky indeed. I could never do it.

Sounds like a great time to spend your day off though. Enjoy each moment.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I used to be assistant coach for soccer. I was so thrilled when my kids didn't want to play anymore. I didn't want to coach the older kids (even if I do have a physical ed degree). But coaching was more appealing than working the bottle drive or volunteering for the end of season barbecue. :D

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Not sure which would be worse - coaching t-ball or soccer?

M.J. Fifield said...

I never played T-ball but I did play little league softball. My mother brought snacks to games and once my father was recruited to be the umpire because the guy who was supposed to do it flaked. So my father said yes. And then he called me out on strikes. It was not a pretty time in our relationship.

But you probably won't have that problem with T-ball... have fun!

joeh said...

U have NO IDEA how important snacks are. And it gets competative!

Don't even get me started!

Julie said...

Go coach! Adorable son too!

Tamara said...

Your son is adorable. And T-Ball sounds like fun! Never forget that the snacks are the most important part. Have fun!! :)

M Pax said...

He's so cute. Hope his first game goes great. I think snacks are uber important. Bet the boys will think so, too.

Suzanne Furness said...

Snacks must be one of the most important aspects - they're going need fuel after all! Have loadsa fun.

Elise Fallson said...

Too cute! :D I still hope you get a stopwatch, kids can get cranky if you keep them waiting for their snacks.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Mark .. it's slicing those oranges exactly equally - no small 'pigs' ... your son looks delightful - and is obviously going to love having his Dad around ... enjoy! Cheers Hilary

Lara Schiffbauer said...

They'll like you better because you'll be bringing the food (or at least making sure it's there.) Good luck, Coach, and good luck to Son #1.:)

Sabrina A. Fish said...

That sounds like a fabulous way to take a break and let those few remaining brain cells recharge. Good luck with the first game and your first coaching experience. I am sure you'll be fabulous.

Good luck on your deadline.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Your kid's cute and good luck being assistant coach.

Tammy Theriault said...

You're right...maybe while you take this break you actually may be finding yourself coming up with new inspirations. Love the pics and time spent with family. Much needed family breaks are great!

Kirsten said...

Go get 'em, snack-meister. :)
Very cute!
And I think the day off will give you renewed enthusiasm and perspective on the WIP.

Melissa said...

LOL - He looks like he's having fun. Go dad!

Nicole said...

I bet you'll be the most popular assistant coach if you bring the best snacks. ;)

Libby said...

Awwww, that's so cute! Hope you and your son have a great season and a lot of fun and memories. :)

meradeth said...

Looks like a blast! And snacks are the best part of t-ball (though, maybe I'm a little biased about that!).

David P. King said...

Can you believe I hit myself with the T as a kid? Yeah. Didn't make me want to pursue baseball, but I took up swimming instead. Now if I can learn how to surf again, I'll be in business (and I think your coaching is coming along great, btw). :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

six pack turned keg...you funny man! Oh, and feel free to blame that on Disney too!

As a former tee-ball mom, whose husband was the coach...keep the kids from playing in the dirt and picking their nose on the filed and you've mastered the level.

nutschell said...

What a cute kid!life does get in the way of writing, doesn't it? But i think being a coach was more important than being a writer that Thursday:P

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

~Sia McKye~ said...

OH MY GOSH, he's too cute!

Trust me when I say, snacks are important to growing boys. I know this from experience. lol! Mine is 17 and they're STILL important. I didn't coach baseball but soccer. you'll have fun. :-)

Mary Aalgaard said...

Fun. And, cute pics. It means a lot to those youngsters that you step up to coach, even if it's slicing oranges and saying, "Smile."

Nancy Thompson said...

I remember those days! And yes, snacks are very important. It's what the kids look forward to most! You da man!

Morgan said...

You have *such* a talent of making something so ordinary be so entertaining... not that being the assistant coach of a t-ball team is ordinary... er... crap. You know what I mean. You can take any situation and make me dying to read the next line! Too fun, Mark. :D

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Livia said...

Ah, that's funny, Mark! You really are an expert at making people laugh in the blogosphere! But hey, that's a good thing. We don't want to read all serious blogs every day...you enlighten.

Yeah, yeah, you'll be an excellent assistant coach! You'll bring yummy treats and they'll love you ;)

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