Be careful what you say dad. Last weekend at my 6 year old grandson's t-ball game he went to the plate and after only a couple pitches hit a slow roller back to the pitcher. A quick throw to first and the out was inevitable. His dad (my son) as the first base coach, instructs him to hustle back to the dug out.
There wasn't much hustle. As he walked back he adjusted the helmet to hide the tears. His mother, quickly noticing an emotional breakdown nearing, got up to meet him. Quietly to the grandparents section she whispered, "We're working on sportsmanship." She takes him aside, not far from us so it is easy to overhear, and she calmly but firmly explains to him that getting out is a part of baseball and crying when it happens is not an acceptable way to behave. I'm thinking to myself...ahhhh, the lessons of baseball and child rearing.
It is then the helmet is pushed up to expose his little wet face as he decides to set mom straight. Through tears and gasps he uses a determined tone to explain, "I am not crying because I got out. I am crying because Daddy said if I hit the ball in the grass I could have a popsicle." It is now the crying turns to full blown sobs, "I only hit the ball to the pitcher!"
Now I'm thinking to myself...ahhhh, the lessons of coaching, both in baseball and in sons. Come here son, we need to talk....
$chool i$ really great. I am making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying very hard. With all my $tuff, I $imply ¢an't think of anything I need, $o if you would like, you can ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you.
Love, Your $on.
After receiving his son's letter, the father immediately replies by sending a letter back.
I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh.
Just cut your hair first...
A young man comes home and says "Dad, just got my driver's license and would like to use the family car."
Father replies, :"O.K., son. But, first, you have to get good grades in school, keep your room clean, make the yard is neat, and cut your hair. Come back in a few months and then we'll see."
Well, several months pass and the young man comes into the house with his report card in his hand. "Dad, I got great marks on my report card. I've been keeping my room as neat as a pin, and the yard is always ship-shape. How about letting me use the car?"
Father replies, "That's all true, but son you didn't cut your hair."
Son says, "But, dad, Jesus had long hair."
Father replies, "Yes, son, you're perfectly right. And he walked everywhere he went."
This Weeks Quote...
"If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right."