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. Jennifer is a Google Certified Educator, Hyperdoc fanatic, and a voracious reader. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe, and grab free copies of her teaching and parenting resources.

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28 thoughts on “Friday Photo: “Never Give Up”

  1. Jennifer, I so love this. I think perseverance is the key to success in so many areas of our life. I want to persevere and never give up!

    1. Shannon, I completely agree! Sometimes it’s the only way to get it done!

  2. Isn’t it wonderful that he “gets it” at twelve years of age. You must be bubbling over with pride right about now.

    1. Yes, Taylor, it is wonderful. Proudmamawolfe!

  3. Kids these days, you learn a lot from them everyday! 🙂

    1. So true, Czjai, so true! I learn ALL kinds of things from them 🙂

  4. Sometimes Children can REALLY surprise us!!!

    1. Thanks, Pamela. That’s something I didn’t expect about parenthood!

  5. LOVE this! Goosebumps.

    1. Michael Ann-I know you’ve been there, too!

  6. Dee says:

    Dear Jennifer, thanks for sharing this story that is a life lesson to all of us! Peace.

    1. You’re welcome, Dee. It is a good lesson for adults, too!

  7. From the mouths of “babes”.

    1. Yep, David. We’ve gotta listen to the kids, right?

  8. Courtney G says:

    Children are always smarter than we think;)

    1. Yes, they are, Courtney. They teach me things every single day.

  9. —You did good, Mama W. Xxx

    have a nice Sunday.

    1. Thank you, my dear!

  10. Nikky44 says:

    Very wise Boy!!!

    1. Yes he is, Nikky! Thanks!

  11. Melissa says:

    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!

    1. Thanks, Melissa. I appreciate the compliment-I try my best!

  12. That’s what I love about sports…it’s not over until it’s over even in the little leagues! He’ll remember that game forever!

    1. So true! I hope it motivates him tomorrow night when he goes for the next win!

  13. Jenn says:

    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!!

    1. Yes, Jenn…I’m loving that about him, too. I learn something every day from my kids!

  14. Claire says:

    It always amazes me how children ca simply get what adults have such a hard time understanding. I bet you are so proud of your son!

    1. You’re right, Claire. Why do adults have to make everything so complicated?

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