Saturday was Senior Day at the Campbell University softball field where 7 senior softball players were going to be honored along with their parents before the first game of a double header. I have been to three of these before this one… so what made this one different? My daughter was going to be one of the seniors honored on the field that day… where did the time go?
The year was 1989 and my wife gave birth to a baby girl eight years after we had our first child, our son, eight years earlier. We didn’t know what to expect when she was born… what would she be like? what would she become? what kind of person would she grow up to be? But here we were in 2011 on a damp and cold April day looking out over a softball field knowing the answers to most of those questions.
When my daughter was 5 she asked Santa to bring her a lot of presents at Christmas. What did she want? A basketball, a baseball and glove, a golf set, a soccer ball, and a badminton set. I went to the local sporting goods store to buy all of the above items only to have the following dialogue with the cashier…
“Buying Christmas presents?”
“Your son is going to really like all this stuff.”
Me: “Yes, SHE sure is.”
And so here we are many years later to today, April 9, 2011, to watch her for one of the last times playing her favorite sport softball… Along with six of her classmates all sharing a similar fate. It was a joyous occasion… it was a sad occasion… there was laughter, there were tears… There was on the day a finality of it all… a sport these ladies loved to play was coming to a close. There would soon be no more softball for them after playing it for the last 15 years for many of them. For us parents it was the same… we had watched them play for 15 years, had watched them grow, develop, and mature in their beloved sport. We had made many friends in this softball world and it too was ending for us… What will they do next year during softball season?
What will we do…?