It is with great happiness that I look back on our recent trip to
Kentucky to experience a SECOND World Series. I think the best thing
is that this group of parents and players had this opportunity to
experience a Little League World Series. There really isn't anything
like it in youth or high school sports.
The experience is being in a different part of the country that
you would not necessarily have made vacation plans to. Seeing the
landscape, watching sunsets in ways you have never seen ... and
eating dinner on the Ohio River. Renewing acquaintances of friends,
not only from the Kentucky area, but even from our own backyard as
they travel across the United States for a common purpose: SOFTBALL.
Meeting new friends from all over the world. A chance to exchange
gifts, e-mail addresses, and pleasantries ... The experience of
playing teams from different areas of the United States as well as
the world. To see how teams and friends and families from other parts
of the world are different, but in the same sense, are the exact same
as our kids.
As for me, I loved the fact that kids from Glendale High, Hoover
High, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Village Christian and Montclair Prep
were able to be all together for a common purpose. These kids have
grown up together, played together and played against each other. But
for this time, they were able to be together again, being kids,
having fun and enjoying the experiences of this adventure.
It is these things that the kids will take with them for a
lifetime. It won't be what happened in the third inning of the second
game ... I hope the kids are grateful for what they just experienced.
I hope it is treasured for a lifetime. I know that I am blessed
because I get to tuck this one away ... as another experience in life
that I can truly say, I am glad I was a part of.