Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Curve Ball


I remember when I was about 10 or 11 years old 'trying out'
for 'little league' baseball. I went with a few friends to the local
ball field and we did what we were asked to do to show our skills.


Some 'made the team', some didn't. I was one that didn't.
I learned a lesson that day.


And that lesson was that no matter how much in control of life
we feel we are, it will throw us a number of 'curve balls'
that we were just not expecting.

Winter at the boardwalk last week.

At first I couldn't 'catch' those curve balls due to lack of experience.
But life has its ways of teaching us to become masters of this art 
of  acceptance.








19 comments:

  1. Makes me think of that old saying that Life is a tough teacher because she gives the test first and the lesson afterwards.

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    1. Oh wise one....how spot on is this! Thanks Debra.

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  2. I'm a firm believer that everyone should "make the team". By letting the inexperienced participate, they gain experience. And by having to participate with the inexperienced, the more experienced learn to accept others for who they are.
    Sometimes our team doesn't win. But in the end we all come away better players in life.

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    1. Good point Stew. When I tried out for the team, it was back in the late 50's! Before any of this 'everyone contributes' new philosophy became popular. It was the 'school of hard knocks' I guess. lol

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  3. Life is cruel, I never made it into the school choir when I was nine because Mr.Beazer said I had a flat voice, consequence of that being now I have time and desire to join a community choir I am scared to try. I strongly agree with Stew Adams point of view.

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    1. It really can be! And this incident affected me for a while but not too seriously.
      I say go ahead and try out for that choir......you never know and may be pleasantly surprised.

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  4. At least you tried, and that is the most important thing. A good lesson to learn in every which way.

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    1. What really hurt was that my Dad and his brother were well-known ball players in their day.....
      Yes I tried.

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  5. I could get all philosophical on you with this one... I won't.

    Some children aren't made to play ball, some are made to change the game or do greater things. I can't play ball to save my soul, but I have done other things that make me proud of who I am.

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    1. Oh come on Sharon! Pontificate for us!
      The thing was I thought I could play ball....guess not as well as the ones who made the team.
      You certainly have done 'other' things....like raising a family and becoming a very competent writer.

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  6. Hi Jim! I loved this posts ~ words and images! Surviving life's curve balls makes us more interesting people ~ all the great stories of survival. Have a good week!

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    1. And there are so many interesting people out there!! Without the curve balls, there wouldn't be life as we know it. A good week to you too Louise.

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  7. Hello Jim,
    Good post. I made the rugby team but in hindsight wished I had learnt to drop the ball better! I think we catch, drop and dodge those curve balls our whole life - we can only learn more...
    Ivan

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    1. I am sure you had strengths with other rugby 'plays' Ivan. Life really is made up of continuous 'curve balls' in every shape and form.

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  8. I like what Stew said. A friend was telling me about her daughter's tryout, age 8. 32 little girls tried out for 2 slots on a gymnastics team. Why does tough competition have to start out so young?

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    1. Good question Terry. I guess it depends on the level sometimes that kids are in and what the expectations are. I hope there are just plain old recreation leagues available for kids nowadays.

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  9. This made me sad for little Jim, but it also made me remember when little Barb had to face some disappointments, too. Sometimes, it's good for children to to learn to deal with disappointment - but it doesn't feel good at the time. Come to think of it, it still doesn't!

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    1. I agree Barb that it all part of growing up and learning to deal with disappointment. I survived that particular event but still wished it had turned out differently.

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  10. Jim- you seem to be a person who tries to make the best of life's situations. That is of course harder to do when you are a child-/ life can seem so unfair then. But it helps to make you who you are now-- I admire you greatly for the adversity that you have overcome.

    Your snow photos are stunning--
    Vicki

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