It didn’t go super well. (<—That link is well worth reading.)
I didn’t beat myself up over the experience, but we haven’t been back to any of the baseball gatherings either.
Just like two years ago, Alex was out of town, so it was my three kiddos and me. And just like two years ago, I got lost on the way to the field. (Directions: the field is on the right side of the road just past the one-lane bridge and sixteen meters to the left of the magical elephant.)
It is rare to have such a perfect mirror, with images two years apart, to be able to see the progress your child has made.
And progress—he has made it.
We had a GREAT time this morning. All three of my kids played for the whole practice. Sam has been wanting to play baseball recently, so he was beyond excited to be there. Sam is a good kid. Like, a really good kid. I love how much he loves to play sports and that he’s thrilled to be an honorary Cheetah for baseball.
Quinn initially looked like he might be some trouble (he was the only one resistant to going this morning), but once he he realized that there is running in baseball, he turned into the most eager fielder I have seen. He was all, “I have it!” and “Outta my way!”
And Jack? Every time his bat hit the ball, even when it was his turn to hit multiple balls in a row, he insisted on running the bases. Every ball he hit was a home run, according to him. Jack knows how to make his own joy, that is for sure. He was a happy little fielder too, although he did more spinning than running after balls, which is fine by me.
What’s more, all three of them are excited about baseball now. They are excited to go back next week. It is quite a change from the last time we were here. They have all grown and matured. It is amazing what a couple of years can do.
Remember that. It is amazing what a couple of years can do.
Whether you have a typical child or a special needs kiddo, IT IS AMAZING WHAT A COUPLE OF YEARS CAN DO. Hang in there.
Over the course of the past two years, Jack has grown more interested in sports, has gotten better at waiting turns and being patient, and has started to understand how it feels to be part of a team. He is able to take what he has learned at hockey and apply it to baseball. He is more invested in life outside himself than he was then.
After a really tough year at school, it was really nice to see that he really isn’t in stasis. I can see that maybe he went backward in some ways, but in other very important ways, he is moving forward.
Naturally, next week when no one wants to play baseball and all three of them are assholes, I’ll be all, “Why can’t they be cooperative like all the other kids?!” and you will say, “Two steps forward, one step back is still progress,” and I will be like, “I guess. Thanks.”
Or maybe we’ll take three steps forward in a row. Sometimes that happens. If anyone can do it, it is this guy.