Friday Photo: “Never Give Up”

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It was a rough playoff game.  The loser faced the dismal loser’s bracket, forced to claw their way back up.  Neither team wanted to start off the series that way.

The game started out ok, and we kept it tied for the first few innings 0-0.  Then 1-1.  But when we got to the third and fourth, and their pitcher sent curve ball after fastball after slider at our boys, their spirits sank and so did their bats.  

The opposition took advantage, and runs began pouring in.  3-1.  5-1.  Then it was 6-2, bottom of the sixth.  Our last up at bat, and hope was nearly gone – until their pitcher ran up his count, and had to exit.  Thank goodness for Little League arm-protection rules.

And an amazing thing happened.  Our boys started cheering each other on.  We got on base, one after another and they were loaded.  One out.  Home plate started seeing our footprint, and when my son stole home it was a tie game, 6-6.  Before we knew it, the shortstop stole home, too, and we were on top-a place we never expected to be.

After the game, I asked my son what he thought about the night – how was he feeling during and after?  He paused, then responded, “Well, I guess you just can never give up.”

Life lessons from a 12-year-old.

Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe, a writer-teacher-mom, is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe at jenniferwolfe.net.

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  1. What an inspirational story! The fact that your son knows this already is a testament to how his mama has raised him :o) You should definitely give yourself a pat on the back!

  2. I’m a big fan of little league and the arm saving rule myself 😉

    I love that he understands perseverance and that just because you appear to be losing, the end result is what matters!!

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