It’s that time of year again…..softball season. The season of bruises, stain removers, long drives, cold nights, hot dogs for supper, and your favorite team shirt to show your support. And we LOVE EVERY MINUTE of it!!!
Both of my daughters have played softball since they could first hold a bat and swing at a ball on a T. We have spent countless hours at a ball field, it became a second home nearly. As they got older and started playing for the school it became long road trips, lots of take out food, loosing my voice from hollering my excitement and support, and late nights only to have to get up for work in a few hours.
Is it worth it? HECK YEAH!! Softball isn’t just a game. It’s a sisterhood, a character building sport, and quickly becomes an extended family. My daughters have gained confidence, coordination, and the meaning of teamwork by playing softball. As a softball mom, I have gained patience and developed friendships with other softball parents that has and will continue for years.
This has also been a huge factor in the reason my kids have stayed out of trouble and have not suffered from boredom. Are there other things they could be doing to avoid these issues? Yes, I’m sure of it. But the memories and confidence they have gained from playing this sport are by far worth every single ball field moment.
I’ve sat in the stands when it was snowing all around us, wrapped in multiple blankets, chugging down the concession stand coffee or hot chocolate….and waiting to hear the crack of the bat against the ball, hoping that my daughter was planting another one in the center field. It’s a thrill that only comes from that embedded proud parent gene, you know the one I’m talking about. The one that makes you say “that was MY kid!!”
So if you knock on our door and we don’t answer……check at the ball field…we’ve probably got a game to play!!