Today I'm celebrating softball season.
Softball season makes me sit. Softball season makes me enjoy the sunshine. Softball season lets me meet new friends. Softball season gives me time to knit and read. Softball gives me a reason to eat ice cream after a game. It's easy to be content when softball is here, it's summer.
Softball season ends today and while I enjoy the season, I'm a little tired. I've been watching or talking softball since March 1st. I've watched losses and wins. I've watched at bats with hits and some with strikes. I've watched two catchers in the spring and in the summer just one first-base gal. I've watched stretches and balls caught. I've seen frustration and tears. I've heard grumbles to yelling to laughter and reasonableness. I've watched leaders on the field and bottoms on the bench.
I've had a player turn umpire with younger girls and while she was earning money she kept her head in the game in a new way. She's played since she was five and I'm happy she didn't completely walk away. When you love something and enjoy it win or lose sticking with it is important.
Last week I just couldn't wrap my head around a celebration. I tried and I enjoyed Ruth's post about keep showing up for celebrations even when things are hard. My week wasn't hard - it felt normal but nothing jumped out at me to celebrate. So, I wanted to not only celebrate the ending of softball but little things that add to our softball season of life.
Thank you Ruth for encouraging us to stop and celebrate things in our lives.