Is it weird to say it just felt right? But then as it came closer to meeting the team and practices, it didn't feel quite so right anymore. Noah didn't want to practice with us. He didn't care much about baseball AT ALL, except that his team name was the Pirates. That definitely won him over.
Noah did great the first couple of practices because he's obedient. He did everything his coach asked, but he still had some frustrations. He's a kid who notices that someone else can hit the ball harder or throw it better. Not being the best was a difficult pill to swallow at first.
He likes Buster Posey, so we use Buster as an example of even the best making mistakes a LOT. Buster Posey swings and misses, Buster Posey misses a catch or has a bad throw. Thank goodness for Buster.
We had hyped Opening Day as much as possible. Noah was truly excited, while Nate and I were a bit on the nervous side. Correction: Nate was maybe more than a bit on the nervous side. :-)
The unknown. You just don't know how it's going to go. And while struggling is key to learning and growing in life, it's hard as a parent to watch your kid go through something hard...even if it's just four year old t-ball. Noah and I had a few talks about how a great day is when you try your best and have fun. That's all he needed to do.
The good news: Why did we even stress??? Noah had a fantastic day from beginning to end.
We arrived at the park where every team was decorating a truck for the parade. Riding in a truck while wearing pirate accessories was a huge hit for the kids.
Noah's got some pretty decent pirate faces.
And while they were waiting the Chick-fil-a cow stopped by to keep the kids company. Noah got huge laughs out of that.
Noah's team is filled with great kids and awesome parents. Only one kid on the team has an older sibling. The rest are the oldest, which means all of us are also totally new to t-ball.
All of the teams were announced and brought on the field and, after some announcements, the kids were told to "Play ball!"
Luke would have given just about anything to get out there and be a Pirate too. But he settled for his own 'uniform' shirt and cheered Noah on.
We came back to the park a few hours later for Noah's game. It was HOT. Oh, March, why have you already turned into June? But this little boy didn't let the heat get to him too much.
I love the focus he has on the ball in this picture.
Hot weather aside, it was one memorable, fun day for our family! After a handful of practices and two games I can already see what a great experience this season is going to be for Noah and all of us as we cheer him on.