I headed out to the Little League fields today to watch Spencer and Sam - who both had 3:00 games - play a little baseball. It was a playoff game for Sam and the championship game for Spencer, and they were playing on neighboring fields.
Ann Parke, her mom, her dad and I went back and forth and back and forth between the games and tried not to miss anything from either of them, but that's hard to do when there's so much going on.
Spencer has always been one of the more coordinated kids I have ever known, and every sport he has tried he has just 'gotten'. He's a natural born athlete. He's at the age in baseball where these kids have really figured it out and grasp the intellectual parts of the game as well as the physical, and they really love it.
There was quite a crowd and sadly, the game got away from them and they ended up losing. At this age, when kids lose a game like this they don't flip out and throw fits like younger kids might...instead they are heartbroken. Sweet Spencer was crushed. He's got one heck of a big heart and every ounce of it was out on that field at the end of the game. He was beside himself. I was so glad I had my sunglasses on so my own tears wouldn't be on display. I know that all kids need to lose sometimes and learn to be graceful about it (which they SO were), but it just plain hurt to watch. This team is a team full of GREAT kids and they were just so, so sad. But in the end, they all took it like champs.
Meanwhile, Sam's game went a little bit longer, so we were able to catch the end of it. They ended up winning (yay!) and I'm not sure that at first any of the kids realized it, so their reaction when they did was just adorable. Sam went flying out onto the field in a batting helmet that ended up going sideways in his excitement. I'm not so sure he could see where he was going, but he was pumped.
When he came out of the dugout after, he headed over to us and lifted his eyebrows to Spencer as he was walking towards us, asking "Did y'all win?" without saying a word. Spencer quietly shook his head no, and Sam, who was close enough to talk now, said, "Oh, well that's okay." So precious. Of course I teared up again. :)
Oh, I just love these boys. So much. I can't imagine how their mom feels, because I feel like even I have blinked and they have gotten so big. I'm so very fortunate that I've gotten to watch them grow up so far, and I can't wait to keep going...