It happened at Twin Rivers Community Park yesterday at 4:00 p.m. I arrived at the Park with my lawn chair, hat and camera in tow. As I came around field #2, I heard my daughter yell, “Nanni.” I turned and saw my daughter and her two small sons eagerly awaiting my granddaughter’s first t-ball game.
We secured our spot just to the right of the first base dugout in the shade of a small tree. The boys were busy digging in the dirt with a stick they had found. My granddaughter, donned in a bright yellow ball cap, was sitting patiently on the bench in the dugout with her 11 member “Atlanta Braves” team. In an effort to organize the little ball players, her dad assisted the coach by getting batting helmets on the players and a bat in hand. The 4-5 year olds now looked like small bobble-head dolls as they walked out to the plate barely able to see under the helmet.
Weeks before the game, her mom told me it took awhile for Jovie (age 5) to pick out a pink and black ball glove. You see, Jovie is left-handed therefore she bats left-handed, but she throws right-handed.
At the game, she was a natural. She focused on her throwing, fielding, running and batting. We were all so very proud.
Jovie’s mom and dad played t-ball as youngsters and it is great fun watching this new generation grow up with sports in their lives. Playing sports brings families together and creates wonderful memories.
I am truly a blessed “Nanni” (grandma) and I treasure the memory of being at the first of many games to come.