Ann Pulling, Lady Bobcats outfielder On Deck at Eunice High School (Louisiana) in a scrimmage a few weeks ago vs. Holy Savior Menard High School from Alexandria, Louisiana.
Softball season is only a couple of weeks old, but it’s already assumed a dominant role in the family routine. Or may I should say a “dictatorial” role, because everything we consider doing these days begins with a check of the Lady Cats’ schedule. But I don’t really mind.
Even when it was 37 degrees last Friday night in Alexandria and we were still playing as my fingers turned shades of frost-bitten blue-green inside the double-layers of gloves that strove vainly to warm them.
Even when the cutting wind gusted to 30 miles an hour in the sunny, teeth-chattering cold Saturday afternoon in Alexandria.
Even when I have to take off early from work to leave for a game two or three times a week, even though I have urgent things to do and not enough time to get all those urgent things done.
Even when gasoline costs over $2 a gallon and we have travel to Baton Rouge and Ville Platte and Church Point and DeRidder and Lake Charles, again and again, week after week.
For you see, nothing is quite as urgent in these fleetings weeks as watching those games.
If I’ve lived long enough to learn anything, one thing for sure is that life is too short and work is too long.
So here’s my strategy for dealing with the stress and the tension that results from having insufficient time to do all the work: I’ll see you at the softball field!
I’ll keep up with those urgent things the best I can using the time that I have, reminding myself all along that the office and all those urgent things and a thousand other more urgent matters looming on next month’s pages of my daily planner will still be there in late April after the short, sweet season of ball playing is gone forever.
So here’s to the senior year, and here’s to our favorite number 4 and all of her teammates, as we travel the highways and bayous over the next couple of months to watch our favorite teen-aged girls play a silly game.
May we live long and prosper with God’s blessing in the dereliction of other duties!
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