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  •  I used to coach Little League baseball (18+ / 0-)

    One fall, I had a team made up almost entirely of kids with little or no experience.  We were playing against Select Teams.  That's just the way it goes sometimes.

    Anyway, one of my young players was coming back from brain surgery.  His coordination was still a problem, but his spitit was great!  We lost every game, but the boys and their parents didn't care.  In fact, our team was SO bad that I let the boys spray color my hair orange when they got one run in a game.

    At the final game, I talked to the other coach.  He knew he was going to win, so did I.  He approached the head umpire.  The boys were not told what was going to happen.

    My "Brainy Boy" got to the plate, and a balk was called on the pitcher.  (There was no balk, of course.)  When the pitcher tried to argue, his coach told him, nicely, to hush.  Erroneous calls were made until my young player was able to come around and score.  Mind you, they made him work for it.

    When the parents of the opposing team started getting upset, an assistant coach went and quietly shared with them what we were doing.

    The parents of both teams were all cheering him.  He crossed home plate, and he was crying.  He had scored!  His teammates carried him off the field.  Adults cried.  

    There are sometimes a chance when we can make a difference in someone's life.  I will forever be glad I was able to do that for this young man.

    If you want to know the real answer: Just ask a Mom.

    by tacklelady on Wed Feb 18, 2009 at 08:11:02 AM PST

    •  What a beautiful story.. (5+ / 0-)

      Thank you for telling it.
      It fits right in with MattR's excellent Diary.
      We all have choices to make in life and kudos to all who can put someone else's needs first when the occasion arises.

    •  I cried at the top of this (1+ / 0-)
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      and you just made me cry again.  Thanks for validating how good people can be and what you did for that boy.  

      What is not as obvious is what you also did for ALL of the boys there that day.  They got a chance to experience extending kindness to someone less fortunate and they will remember that far longer than just talking about it.  

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