"Take me out to the ball game....take me out to the crowd!" These are words I sang many times at Cub's games while Jen and I lived our childless life in the city. Even after kids we were lucky enough to take JD and Connor to a game and meet, then Cub David DeJesus, during warm-ups. Jen and I often talk about how exciting it will be to watch Connor play sports as he grows while having JD with us cheering him on. Same with JD attending Kaitlyn’s events to support her athletic adventures. However, In all honestly, I never really let myself picture JD playing any sports because…well, I just could not picture it. But all that changed on Friday.
JD has been attending school now for a few weeks. As Jen wrote in the last post, JD has been thriving and loving it. He comes home happy, exhausted and most times asleep from the bus ride. Teachers give such raving reviews and you can really feel their love for him. However, that is all for another post. This is about my realization that I have been limiting my visions of what JD can enjoy while growing up.
Last Friday, I took off from work and drove with Jen down to the baseball diamond with the Kaitlyn and Connor meeting up with the grandparents. JD had a large cheering section. We walked around meeting other parents and talking to his teachers as we waited for another the other school to arrive to battle JD “Stretch” Gawel’s Fairwood Frogs! I found myself wandering around with Connor before the game, not because I was bored (the game started almost an hour late) but because I found myself getting anxious. Not the “before a big presentation” anxiety or the “right before one of his surgeries” worry…but the “oh man, I hope he is ready for the game” excitement.
|JD's cheering section|
Before any real baseball game begins, there is the National Anthem! This game was no different. Sitting out on the diamond with one of his classmates, was JD with the American Flag while a recording of LeAnn Rimes belted over the speakers. While her voice was pre-recorded and overly produced (Jen prefers the Whitney Houston or Carrie Underwood versions) our emotions were pure and happening in real-time. I was proud, VERY proud. There sat JD, the center of everyone’s attention, just hanging out waiting for the game to start not realizing how many people were there believing in him.
|JD out for the National Anthem!|
|Fairwood Frogs Line-Up|
After the Anthem I paced back and forth waiting for JD to bat. Yes, one of his teachers would physically swing the bat. Yes, one of his teachers would be his legs and push him around the bases. But nothing could lessen the amount of pride and love I had for JD at that moment. Did I mention he hit a home run! The rest of the game flew by and we enjoyed a quick picnic afterwards. Nothing else really mattered except Jen and I feel JD really had a good time. I mean a REALLY great time. There were many moments of smiles and he never coughed or whined once.
|Getting Pumped for the Game!|
|About to go to Bat|
|Proud family (minus Kaitlyn who was sleeping) of the MVP|
“For its root, root, root for J…D…”
|Resting after the game.|