Some things we never get over
Some Things We Never Get Over
Today we went to Topeka to watch out grandson play baseball. He is 14, the team is called the Goosetown Reds, and they won first place in the tournament. Each player got individual trophies plus a great big trophy for the team. We joined the parents and players before the game with a “tailgate” picnic right next to an empty ball diamond and were having a great time when a man asked if they could use that diamond. We assured him that we were not using it so they proceeded to start practicing their slow pitch game.
I was so fascinated watching them as they were so close to my age, within 10 years or so, that I struck up a conversation with one of them. I told him that I played fast pitch ball about 50 years ago for a Lansing team. He said “put on your hitting shoes and come on out and join us.” As time went on they could see that I was just aching to get on the field so they handed me a bat. What a wonderful feeling that was. After years of not hitting, I was able to connect with a few. That meant so much to me that even though I am not a poet, I decided to write a poem about my experience. Here it is:
Fast Pitch to Slow Pitch Softball
Today I met a great new friend
Who knew me right away.
It was funny how he understood
How much I wanted to play
He asked me how old I was
And said I could hit a few
We are only doing this for fun
For me it’s nothing new.
This happened in Topeka today
On the diamond next to us.
Several seniors came to practice
They handed me a bat with trust
Years ago I played fast pitch
Slow pitch is something new
For the ball comes at you from the sky
Therefore I missed a few.
They said to keep on swinging
And I could even stay.
The greatest thrill for me was
Meeting a friend who let me play.
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