Friday Two Cents: They Love You Right Back


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Today we had the Fathers’ Day T-Ball game for the kindergarten classes. All the  kindergarten fathers were invited to come out and play a friendly t-ball game with their child. I can tell you that it is something I look forward to every year. The children are excited to have their fathers’ playing with them and I love to see them so excited.

Father’s Day T-Ball

These children play t-ball in the league I organize at my school and they all enjoy it. Today, it was amazing to see them in their t-ball shirts having fun playing. We had a friendly game with the two classes playing against each other. The fathers’ would play in the field with their child and when the child batted, their parent would run the bases with them. Yet the best part is in the second inning when the fathers would bat.

I always give the parents the option to use the tee to hit or I could pitch the ball to them. They all want me to pitch, not fast just slow under hand throws to make it easy for them. Many do not know how to play baseball but everyone gets a chance to hit and I make the pitches very easy for them to hit. One parent had about 8 pitches thrown to him but he could not hit the ball. The parent was about to give up, but I said “No here though the ball up and hit it that way.” It took about four more tries but the father hit the ball and the child ran to first with dad in tow. She was visibly happy and we then moved on with the game.

The game was fantastic for all the children and parents alike and after the game we had refreshments and treats for all. Yet during this time, there came a memorable moment I will never forget. The little girl who’s dad took eight pitches and four tries to hit the ball, came to me while I was cleaning up the bases. She came up to me and said “Mr. Paul Thank You for letting my daddy hit the ball.” She said it so sincerely and with a big smile that it was hard to keep from tearing up. I said to her that she was most welcome and asked if she had fun. She gave me an enthusiastic yes and went to the treat table.

Other children came up and thanked me for the game and I was very happy when they did so. But that little girl thanking me for letting her dad hit was priceless. The game and experience are intended to be a fun time for all. She was grateful that her daddy got to hit and to make sure that his feelings were not hurt too. Even at 6 years old she loves her daddy so much that she did not want his feelings to get hurt.

Dad’s, you might love your children very much, but be reassured. They love you just as much right back.

Happy Father’s Day.

Happy Father’s Day

 

 

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